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2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by chumley » Apr 18 2018 10:47 am

[ Updated Mon 2018-07-16 ]
All land managed by the 6 national forests in Arizona are open and have no fire restrictions.
The only exceptions are temporary local closures due to weather or recent burn areas. As always check with the proper agency before you go.

Please note that each land management agency defines restrictions somewhat differently, and one agency may have restrictions while another a few miles away may not. It is our responsibility to know where we are, which agency manages the land we are on, and what restrictions that agency has in place. It can be very confusing.

A good overview is this website: https://firerestrictions.us/az/
Though I recommend visiting the website or social media site of the agency where you will be visiting.

Announced or in effect now:

Tonto National Forest
ALL AREAS OPEN: No Restrictions
Effective Wednesday, July 13 - https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/ne ... EPRD586727
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/ne ... EPRD587089
Previously:
Effective Wednesday, May 23 - 2 large areas closed - https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 581181.pdf
Effective Wednesday, April 18 - https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/ne ... EPRD576665


Coconino National Forest
ALL AREAS OPEN! NO RESTRICTIONS!
Effective Wednesday, July 11 - https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino ... EPRD586542
Previously:
Effective May, 23: - Area Closures Implemented https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino ... EPRD580817
Effective Friday, April 27: - Stage II Restrictions https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino ... EPRD577593


Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
All restrictions and closures lifted effective 7/16/18.
Previously:
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in remaining open areas forest-wide
(No campfires, no smoking)
Effective Monday, April 23
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/new ... EPRD577026

Prescott National Forest
All restrictions lifted effective 7/13/18
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/prescott ... EPRD586857
Previously:
Partial Bradshaw Ranger District CLOSURE Begins Jun 1st
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in remaining open areas forest-wide
(No campfires, no smoking, and no target shooting)
Effective Friday, April 20

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/prescott ... EPRD576679

Coronado National Forest
No Restrictions effective 7/13/18
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coronado ... EPRD586953
Previously: Effective Tuesday, May 1
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coronado ... EPRD577586

Kaibab National Forest
No Restrictions effective 7/16/18
Effective July 11 - Bill Williams Mountain now OPEN.
No Fire Restrictions on Williams and Tusayan Districts
Effective July 18, Restrictions lifted on the North Kaibab District
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/kaibab/n ... EPRD587249
Previously:
Effective Friday, May 11: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kaibab/a ... ?aid=46421
Effective Friday, June 8: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/kaibab/n ... EPRD582675

Official Websites:
Tonto NF
https://www.fs.usda.gov/tonto
https://twitter.com/TontoForest
https://www.facebook.com/TontoNationalForest/

Coconino NF
https://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
https://twitter.com/CoconinoNF
https://www.facebook.com/CoconinoNF

Apache-Sitgreaves NF
https://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf
https://twitter.com/A_SNFs
https://www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnfs

Prescott NF
https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott
https://twitter.com/PrescottNF
https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF

Coronado NF
https://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado
https://twitter.com/CoronadoNF
https://www.facebook.com/CoronadoNF/

Kaibab NF
https://www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab
https://twitter.com/KaibabNF
https://www.facebook.com/KaibabNF

BLM
https://blm.gov/arizona
https://twitter.com/BLMAZFire
https://facebook.com/BLMArizona
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by nonot » May 20 2018 7:53 pm

@Jim_H
In past years I believe Tonto have closed the four peaks areas, pinal mountain as well as the areas near aztec peak. Given that they have stage 2 restrictions in place it is not clear what they are seeking to accomplish with outright closures. Perhaps worried about ignition through hot exhaust/catalytic converters of OHVs? Or people who are too self-important to follow the stage-2 rules? The former suggests the primary areas they might be considering closing are the four peaks, and perhaps expanded areas north of the 87 between Fountain Hills and Rye. The latter would suggest they need to close the whole forest?

Edited to clarify I am guessing at what they are considering to close.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by nonot » May 20 2018 8:09 pm

Hey Chums, Suggest adding state land to your list.

There is a map at:
https://ein.az.gov/emergency-informatio ... and-navajo
But you have to squint as you are looking for areas of blue overlaid by black cross-hatching.

STATE FORESTRY TO IMPLEMENT CLOSURES TO LAND IN APACHE AND NAVAJO COUNTIES

Phoenix, AZ (5/17/18) - With fire severity extraordinarily high and much of Arizona in extreme drought conditions, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management will close state lands in two counties to recreational use.

As of 12:01 am, Friday May 18th, Stage III, or full closures, will be implemented on state-owned and managed lands in both Apache and Navajo Counties.

All state-owned and managed lands in those counties are closed to all entry for recreational purposes, including hunting, camping, and off-road vehicle use. Target shooting and fireworks are never allowed on state lands at any time.

“The high fire danger and fire severity level is a major public safety concern and citizens and our first responders are our number one priority. These areas are under extreme to exceptional drought conditions, therefore to safeguard our communities and our Arizona residents, closing state-owned and managed lands is an appropriate course of action,” said State Forester Jeff Whitney.

Closures apply to the following state-owned and state-managed lands within the above-mentioned counties including:

• All State Trust lands outside incorporated municipalities.
• All Game and Fish Commission Wildlife areas and department properties outside incorporated municipalities will remain open, under Stage II Fire Restrictions.
• Arizona State Parks will remain open with fire restrictions in place. Please refer to - azstateparks.com/arizona-state-park-fire-restrictions-and-info - for park-specific fire restriction information.
• Full shutdown of all operations; except organizations on mineral soil involving road excavation, watering, grading, gravel surfacing, and rock crushing may continue with special permission. Contractor will provide fire guard for three hours after shutdown.

Exemptions include:

• Persons with a written fire entry and activity permit that specifically authorizes the permitted to be on the land. This may include such persons as grazing-permit holders when entry is needed to gather, move, or otherwise manage their permitted livestock, special-use authorization holders when access is needed to maintain emergency or other communications operations, and others.
• Any federal, state, or local law enforcement officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting organization in the performance of an official duty.
• Resident owners and lessees of land within the closed area. Any closure exemption must be approved by the State Forester. These closures do not apply to private lands under ARS § 37-1303.
For more information, go to firerestrictions.us or contact Tiffany Davila at 602-540-1036 or by email at tdavila@dffm.az.gov
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by azbackpackr » May 21 2018 6:42 am

@nonot
If I read this right, this will leave open the three gorgeous AZGFD properties mostly ignored by hikers from the Valley. All are near Springerville. White Mountain Grasslands, Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area, and Wenima Wildlife Area.

Go take a look
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by Alston_Neal » May 21 2018 10:21 am

@Grimey
Yep went up 87 and came back late afternoon and at the top of the pass where the brake check area and the FR to MT. Ord is the whole mountain on the east side is a large piece of charcoal.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by DixieFlyer » May 21 2018 2:11 pm

It looks like much of the Tonto Forest will be closed starting on Wednesday:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/ne ... EPRD580925

"The area closures will be in these general areas and will include all Tonto National Forest lands within the boundaries:

1) All Tonto National Forest Land north of Payson to the Forest boundary (Mogollon Rim) between the White Mountain Apache Reservation on the eastern boundary, and the Coconino National Forest on the western boundary. The southern boundary of the closure will start at the Fossil Creek Trailhead and head southeasterly along the powerline corridor to Arizona State Highway 87 into Payson and then follow Arizona State Highway 260 east from Payson, along National Forest System Road (NFSR) 405 and NFSR 405A to the National Forest System Trail 178 east along Haigler Creek to the White Mountain Apache Reservation.

2) All National Forest System Lands, roads and trails within the Mt. Ord, Four Peaks and Three Bar Wildlife areas."

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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by azbackpackr » May 21 2018 3:15 pm

I just realized how little I care about this turn of events, with regards to my own recreation. There is plenty to do. Hiking in open areas, riding my bikes, paddling. It forces me to get a little bit creative.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by nonot » May 21 2018 8:24 pm

@azbackpackr
Unfortunately I'm not as familiar as you are with those particular areas, but keep in mind that the Navajo/Apache closure doesn't guarantee anything will remain open. Neither Apache-Sitgreaves nor Coronado have announced closures _yet_, but apparently A-S has committed to performing closures. Chums suspects it will be related to closing off all areas near the rim road, which I would agree is the most likely closure, but who knows how far they will extend it.

I agree with you that these closures will force people to areas previously less popular. Hope you are still able to find the solitude you seek!
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Post by Dschur » May 22 2018 2:36 pm

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 581181.pdf now has the maps for the Tonto closure..
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by ALMAL » May 22 2018 3:14 pm

@Dschur
I guess maybe about what was expected.
Surprised it doesn't include areas like Hells Gate, Salome Wilderness, and the Ancha?
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by DixieFlyer » May 22 2018 5:04 pm

nonot wrote: Neither Apache-Sitgreaves nor Coronado have announced closures _yet_, but apparently A-S has committed to performing closures. Chums suspects it will be related to closing off all areas near the rim road, which I would agree is the most likely closure
Yeah, I am surprised that the ASNF has not announced their closure areas yet...in looking at a map, at a minimum I figure that they will close areas in the Black Mesa Ranger District that are east of the Coconino NF and north of the Tonto NF

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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by nonot » May 22 2018 7:00 pm

@ALMAL
The hells gate trailhead is affected by the closure as the road it is on will be closed to local visitors only. So you could try to get into the Hellsgate wilderness via Young, but those roads are pretty gnarly.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by chumley » May 23 2018 9:20 am

A-S has finally come in with a closure map (still not linked on their website however).

It became effective at 6:30am today and includes the area south of SR-260 from the Rim Vista visitor center (which remains open) extending east to Show Low. The southern boundary is the Mogollon Rim/WMAT boundary, and the northern boundary is highway 260. This encompasses parts of the Black Mesa and Lakeside ranger districts.

Notably, the area along the Mogollon Rim between Knoll Lake and the Rim Vista visitor center (including FR300, Bear Canyon Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, and Willow Springs Lake) is not affected by the closure order.

I'll add the map when it is posted.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by ALMAL » May 23 2018 1:37 pm

@nonot
My bad then, I thought the closure map showed NF405A (south of 260) was still open to the TH for Hellsgate.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by trekkin_gecko » May 23 2018 1:56 pm

tonto map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 581181.pdf
looks like isolation canyon is closed

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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by azbackpackr » May 23 2018 2:07 pm

Surprised to see so much open on the A-S. Buffalo Crossing, etc.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by ALMAL » May 23 2018 2:10 pm

@azbackpackr
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by azbackpackr » May 23 2018 2:17 pm

@ALMAL
Oh. Okay. Well, I haven't kept up with the news. Not going there right away, anyway, unless on a weekday not near a holiday.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by chumley » May 23 2018 3:14 pm

@almal @nonot
The text in the Tonto order has very specifically stated that the closure on those roads is from the "south edge of the road" (ordinal direction depends on which road they are discussing as the boundary) which is meant to indicate that the road that makes up the boundary is itself is part of the closure.

@azbackpackr
The logic of closures on A-S is described as having been selected to protect nearby communities during the prevailing southwest wind of spring. Thus the closures are generally all to the southwest of private land and communities such as Alpine, Nutrioso, Greer, and the rim communities along the 260.

Buffalo Xing and other areas not currently closed are farther away and would allow a bit of a buffer for fighting a potential fire prior to it burning into private land.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by amy1300 » May 23 2018 3:20 pm

@chumley
What's the WMAT in "Mogollon Rim/WMAT boundary," please?
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