Coconino National Forest Reopens with Stage 2 Restrictions
The US Forest Service has reopened Coconino National Forest following recent rains, though officials caution that Stage 2 Fire restrictions are in place.
Stage 2 restrictions prohibit:
+ Igniting fires, campfires, charcoal, coal, smudge pots and wood stoves (except using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by pressurized liquid petroleum or pressurized liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels).
+ Smoking (except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material).
+ During the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building and woodcutting during industrial operations or firewood gathering capable of igniting a fire.
+ During the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., using a blasting, welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
+ Using explosives and fireworks is always prohibited on all National Forest land.
+ Specific closures around active wildfires, such as the Rafael Fire in the Sedona area, may still be in effect. This list of forest orders detailing specific closure areas will keep you up to date.
Following rains and higher humidity levels, the Sedona Fire District has lifted all fire restrictions for all areas within the District. Visitors are cautioned to be responsible when working with or around fire. Individuals can be held legally responsible for causing fires that escape control and cause damage. For more information, contact the Sedona Fire District at 928.204. 8926.
The following links provide the latest fire information, including Sedona-area parks such as Red Rock State Park and Slide Rock State Park:
You can contact the appropriate Ranger Stations for updated fire information:
Flagstaff Ranger Station: 928-526-0866
Red Rock Ranger Station: 928-282-4119
Mogollon Rim Ranger Station: 928-477-2255
Forest Supervisor’s Office: 928-527-3600
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