Campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented starting at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21st, on the entire Coconino National Forest and on the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts of the Kaibab National Forest. This is being done in order to reduce the possibility of preventing human-caused fires and to protect public health. The North Rim’s North Kaibab Ranger District is not affected at this time due to less volatile conditions. This could change if things worsen.
The upcoming holiday weekend is expected to be windy, warm and dry. This tends to bring about “Red Flag Warning” conditions which are ripe for wildfires.
These restrictions mean that campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves will be allowed only in developed campgrounds only. Stoves that are fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG and can be turned off are allowed in areas that are clear of flammable materials. Smoking will be limited to enclosed vehicles, buildings or developed campgrounds.
These restrictions will remain in effect until we receive significant precipiation which will likely be when the monsoons arrive–hopefully by early July.
You can find inside and outside the park campgrounds, NPS, USFS, and commercial, on the following pages:
For additional information, visit the Coconino and Kaibab websites, www.fs.usda.gov/coconino and www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab. Information on fire restrictions across the state can be found at http://firerestrictions.us/az. For Arizona fire information, visit www.wildlandfire.az.gov.