National Forests, Counties Enter Fire Restrictions Amid Dry And Warm Weather

May 14, 2021

Fire restrictions went into place Friday morning across several national forests and counties as northern and central Arizona face what are traditionally the driest and warmest months of the year.

The Schultz Fire burned more than 15,000 acres near Flagstaff in 2010.
Credit Coconino National Forest

Much of the state remains in an exceptional drought, and the Coconino, Kaibab, Tonto and Prescott national forests have banned campfires outside of established recreation sites. The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests began restrictions last week.

Charcoal, coal and wood stoves are also prohibited on the forests except in developed recreation sites. Smoking is only allowed in enclosed vehicles, buildings or a developed recreation sites.

Coconino and Mohave counties and the City of Flagstaff have also put restrictions in place. Forest officials have discovered dozens of abandoned campfires in recent weeks as wildfire danger has grown.