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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 azbackpackr » May 23 2018 3:41 pm

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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by azbackpackr » May 23 2018 3:45 pm

@chumley
Yeah, okay. But the 2011 Wallow Fire ran 50 miles. On the other hand, a lot of that area which was burned in the Wallow Fire is very near to Alpine, Nutrioso, and Eagar, and may have a lot less fuel load now than it did then, creating a buffer zone. Not sure what has grown up since then in those areas, but I expect it's a lot more defensible. Almost everything to the west of Alpine and Nutrioso burned at that time.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by cactuscat » May 23 2018 3:51 pm

As I drove around Roosevelt Lake today, I was surprised to see that all the RV's lining the water at Bermuda Flats were still there ... so the "south side of the road" thing is working out okay for those who care to recreate at Roosevelt.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by chumley » May 23 2018 3:57 pm

@cactuscat
The road boundaries don't apply to state highways -- only forest roads. But I don't think that any part of Lake Roosevelt was ever under the closure order anyway. West of SR188 ... different story.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by arizona_water » May 23 2018 4:40 pm

Maybe I already missed this on the thread, but North Kaibab District went under Stage I last week: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 580170.pdf
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by chumley » May 23 2018 5:05 pm

@arizona_water
Thanks. I'm trying to keep the original post updated. I had also neglected to include the Bill Williams mountain closure.

@nonot
I didn't add the state land to the list because I've seen some terribly misleading maps showing the entirety of four counties to be closed to entry. Since the closed state lands actually require you to possess a recreation permit to be there anyway, I'd like to assume the person who has such a permit also knows how to gather that information for themselves. There's not much STL that is used for recreation at this time of year. If you don't own private property or lease land for your ranch, it's really just irrelevant and confusing to most other users. The primary exception might be AZT hikers on the Babbit Ranch.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by nonot » May 23 2018 5:22 pm

@chumley
I agree with you the northeast counties are not as popular. Great job updating the first post with all the maps.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by nonot » May 23 2018 5:29 pm

chumley wrote:@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.
That language was not in the initial closure notification that did not have the map at the time we were discussing it, it was only added into the later closure notification with the map. After having a rather intense discussion with the ranger office on this subject, there was another revised notification issued the next day, so I suspect more than 1 person was upset with the amateur way the Tonto forest service was handling the initial closure notices.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by DixieFlyer » May 23 2018 5:34 pm

It's interesting that the ASNF has not closed the East and West Baldy trails, nor the Escudilla National Trail...or at least I don't think that they have after looking at the maps

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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by kelly14 » May 23 2018 8:10 pm

After looking at asnf closures am I right in that the area on the rim near willow springs woods canyon lake is still open?

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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by cactuscat » May 23 2018 8:26 pm

@kelly14
Yep, for now.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by hikeaz » May 25 2018 9:53 am

WMA closures.....

The following recreational lakes and camp site areas shall remain CLOSED:

Reservation Lake
Drift Fence Lake
Pacheta Lake
Black River
Tonto Lake
Christmas Tree Lake
Hurricane Lake
Bonito Prairie Stock Tank
The Black River North: Black River Crossing to Rattlesnake Point

Roads within this area, including the R55 Road are closed to the local public. Such roads shall remain open for fire-fighting professionals and individuals on official business, such as relevant Tribal Programs and personnel, Timber harvesting and hauling activities (equipped with fire mitigation measures), WMAT licensed Game & Fish Bear & Lion Outfitters (equipped with fire mitigation measures), and Livestock Associations.

All popular recreational lakes and campsites located on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation shall remain open to the public throughout the summer, subject to the existing Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. All back-country sites on the Reservation will be closed until further notice with an exception for Law Enforcement, Game & Fish Rangers, and the Tribal Forest Ranger. This Executive Order will be strictly enforced due to the unexpected dry weather that has created conditions conducive to accidental or lightning-ignited fires.

RESTRICTED AREAS
Restricted area includes the areas within the following boundary:

East by the Fort Apache Indian Reservation Boundary;
South by the Black River;
West by Whiteriver, State Route 73, Road B65 (Lester Oliver's to Forest Dale), North along US Route 60;
North by the Fort Apache Indian Reservation Boundary;
Traffic will not be allowed on R55 beyond the junction at Rock Creek (R55 & R30);
Traffic will not be allowed on Y70 beyond Seven Mile Hill
.
Black River: Black River Crossing to Rattlesnake Point

UNRESTRICTED AREAS
The following recreational lakes and camp site areas shall remain OPEN:

Sunrise Lake
A-1 Lake
Bog Tank
Horseshoe Lake
Big Bear Lake
Little Bear Lake
Hawley Lake
Earl Park Lake
Cyclone Lake
Ditch Camp
Paradise Creek
Lower Log Campsites
Upper Log Campsites
Cooley Lake
Iron Mine
Salt River
East Fork of the White River
Black River South: Amos Wash to the Salt River

Note: Any lake or site not listed above shall be deemed closed.

Roads that are used as boundaries of this area will remain open to public traffic.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by DixieFlyer » May 30 2018 9:59 am

It looks like the Prescott National Forest is going to close some areas beginning on Friday...I did notice that Groom Creek and Mount Union are NOT in the closure area
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/prescott ... EPRD581999

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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by DixieFlyer » Jun 01 2018 5:41 pm

It is a wonder that the whole state isn't on fire...I was hiking up the East Baldy trail today and some f***tard that I was passing asked me if I had a light so he could smoke a cigarette...where do these dumba$$es come from? I can't remember exactly what I told him, but he got the idea that it would not be a good idea to light up a cigarette out there, and he turned around and went back to the trailhead

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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by azbackpackr » Jun 02 2018 4:12 pm

@DixieFlyer
Yikes. Glad you were there to stop him.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by cactuscat » Jun 02 2018 4:31 pm

@DixieFlyer
Smokers are the worst! Almost everyone is following the no fires/no charcoal restrictions at my Park - but the smokers just don't care/won't stop!
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by Jim_H » Jun 03 2018 7:11 am

@cactuscat
it's almost as if they're addicted, or something.
Nothing more enjoyable than a good hike out of town.

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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by cactuscat » Jun 03 2018 8:00 am

@Jim_H
Yeah - apparently too addicted to walk 100 yards to their car, where it's legal to smoke ... and too addicted to use nicotine lozenges or gum to get them thru a few hours of outdoor fun. "Entitled" might be another word.
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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by kelly14 » Jun 04 2018 8:36 pm

Is the globe Young highway open? Have family wanting to make the drive from highway 188 to highway 260and I’m pretty sure it’s open just wanted to make sure. Thanks guys!

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Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

Post by nonot » Jun 04 2018 10:16 pm

It was open from 188 to young as of 1 week ago, just don't drive too fast, several places it's easy to skid right off the edge. No guard rails.
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