Current Restrictions  

As of July 16th, 2021, at 8:00 AM, all fire restrictions will be lifted in the unincorporated areas of Navajo and Apache County, the City of Show Low, and the Town of Pinetop Lakeside.

Restrictions Overview 

In the State of Arizona there are three stages of fire restrictions that can be implemented during times of high fire danger: Stage I, Stage II, and closures. 

So what’s the difference? 

Stage I is the first phase of the restrictions. Under these lower-level restrictions, campfires are allowed, but they must be within a developed site. See below for more detailed stage level restriction information. 

If weather conditions worsen and fire danger increases, the agency will move into the next stage of restrictions. Under Stage II, even stronger stipulations are put in place, including no more campfires.

And, if conditions continue to decline and extremely high fire danger becomes a threat to the public and our firefighters, closures will go into effect. Within a closure, no public access will be allowed on state-owned or Forest Service lands until the Department of Forestry and Fire Management or respective US Forest Service jurisdiction rescinds its decision. 

Restrictions typically stay in place until Arizona moves into its monsoon season. During that time, higher humidity levels and increased moisture move in and help decrease the fire activity across the state. 

While we never like to prohibit recreational activities, there is a time when it is necessary to protect our Arizona State lands, human life, property, and our natural resources. 

One spark is all it takes to cause a devastating wildfire. 

During “Red Flag Warning”, conditions, as posted by the National Weather Service, no open outdoor fires, campfires, charcoal fires, agricultural burning or outdoor smoking are permitted on either public or private property within the unincorporated area of the affected zone(s).

Stage 1 Fire Restriction Prohibitions

STAGE I – Minimal Restrictions

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless noted in the exemptions below.
  2. Smoking outside of designated areas.
  3. Use of any and all consumer fireworks.
  4. Use of explosive targets.
  5. Use of tracer round ammunition.

Note:  for the smoking provision, each agency/tribe must cite their actual regulations/laws; therefore, the wording for the prohibition may be slightly different.

Exemptions:

  1. Fires used only for the cooking of food or for providing warmth for human beings or for recreational purposes (campfires and charcoal fires) in an area that is designated for that purpose and is barren or cleared of all debris for 3 feet in diameter around the device. Permissible items include propane fire rings, pellet stoves/smokers/grills that have UL or FM approval and are a contained unit. A person of appropriate age must maintain a presence at all times when in operation.
  2. Smoking within enclosed buildings and inside vehicles is allowed. Smoking may also be allowed in or on porches, carports, garages, parking lots and other areas or properties which are cleared of all combustible materials so long as the smoking does not create a substantial risk of fire and all smoking materials are properly extinguished and disposed of. At no time is it allowed to discard lit cigarettes, cigars, or other smoking materials from a vehicle, or from ones’ possession in a public place. ARS 13-1603.a.1
  3. Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off.  Such devices with UL and/or FM approval can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device. A person of appropriate age must always maintain a presence with the device when in operation.
  4. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  5. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.
  6. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  7. All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated by city ordinance.
  8. Other exemptions unique to each “Authority Having Jurisdiction”.

An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity. A person who commits an act in violation of this chapter that results in an appropriate emergency response or investigation and who is convicted of the violation may be liable for the expenses that are incurred incident to the emergency response and the investigation of the commission of the offense in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute 13-1709; Emergency response and investigation costs; civil liability.

Stage 2 Fire Restriction Prohibitions

STAGE II – Moderate to Severe Restrictions

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.
  2. Smoking outside of designated areas.
  3. Outdoor Mechanical and Industrial Prohibitions:
    1. Operating any electric device or internal combustion engine in the course of mechanical or industrial operations that would produce open flames or sparks.
    2. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
    3. Using an explosive.
  4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.
  5. Use of any and all consumer fireworks.
  6. Use of explosive targets.
  7. Use of tracer round ammunition.
  8. Discharging firearms.

Exemptions:

  1. Persons obtaining a written “Special Use Permit” from the Authority Having Jurisdiction that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Fires used only for the cooking of food or for providing warmth for human beings in an area that is designated for that purpose and is barren or cleared of all debris for 3 feet in diameter around the device. Permissible items include propane fire rings, pellet stoves/smokers/grills that have UL or FM approval and are a contained unit.  A person of appropriate age must always maintain a presence when in operation.
  3. Smoking within enclosed buildings and inside vehicles is allowed. Smoking may also be allowed in or on porches, carports, garages, parking lots and other areas or properties which are cleared of all combustible materials so long as the smoking does not create a substantial risk of fire and all smoking materials are properly extinguished and disposed of. At no time is it allowed to discard lit cigarettes, cigars, or other smoking materials from a vehicle, or from ones’ possession in a public place. ARS 13-1603.a.1
  4. Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified, and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.
  5. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame in an enclosed or developed area designated for that purpose that is equipped with appropriate fire protection. 
  6. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices with a UL and/or FM approval can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device. A person of appropriate age must always maintain a presence with the device when in operation.
  7. Operating generators with a UL and/or FM approval and an approved spark arresting device within an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
  8. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails so long as you park in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway.
  9. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.
  10. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  11. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  12. All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated by city ordinance.
  13. Discharging firearms is permissible while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal or tribal laws or regulations or in an agency designated shooting range and law enforcement officials in the course of their duties.
  14. Other exemptions unique to each “Authority Having Jurisdiction”.

An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity. A person who commits an act in violation of this chapter that results in an appropriate emergency response or investigation and who is convicted of the violation may be liable for the expenses that are incurred incident to the emergency response and the investigation of the commission of the offense in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute 13-1709; Emergency response and investigation costs; civil liability

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