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fire danger and restriction notices

The Forest Lakes Community

  • Our community is located within Coconino County and within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Therefore we will show both fire restriction notices from Coconino County and ASNF.  However, Coconino County Restrictions will “supersede” ASNF fire restrictions.
  • Travelers to Forest Lakes from the Phoenix area may see warning signs and restrictions for the Tonto National Forest (below the rim), which do not apply to us on top of the rim in the Sitgreaves National Forest.
  • Red Flag warnings originate with the National Weather Office.
  • FLFD coordinates closely with each of these organizations.

Red Flag Warnings

What is a RED FLAG WARNING?

 A Red Flag Warning means warm temperatures, very low humidities, and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire.

Red Flag Warnings originate with the National Weather Service.

https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/fire2/?wfo=psr

Apache Sitgreaves Forest Closures

For information regarding Apache Sitgreaves National Forest Fire Restrictions surrounding the Forest Lakes Community contact Black Mesa Ranger District at 928-535-7300 or visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

Coconino County Restrictions

what is not allowed during restrictions?

     

No Red Flag Warning   AND No Fire Restrictions


You CAN have a campfire,   charcoal fire, and/or use a pressurized gas stove.

You CAN smoke outside of buildings and   vehicles as long as you are in an area 3 feet in diameter cleared of burnable   material.

Always exercise   caution in having a fire: choose a location cleared of burnable material;   wait to start a fire until strong winds have subsided; never leave a fire   unattended; and make sure it is "dead out" before leaving your   campsite.

 

Red Flag Warning


You CANNOT have campfires or   charcoal fires.

You CANNOT smoke except within buildings,   vehicles, developed recreation sites, or an area 3 feet in diameter cleared   of burnable material.

You CAN use a pressurized   gas stove.

The Green Waste Transfer Station is closed during Red Flag conditions.

 

Stage I Fire   Restrictions


You CANNOT have campfires or   charcoal fires except in designated campsites which have a metal fire ring   and/or camp hosts.

You CAN use a pressurized   gas stove.

You CAN smoke only within   buildings, vehicles, developed recreation sites, or an area 3 feet in   diameter cleared of burnable material.

 

Stage II Fire   Restrictions


Same as Stage I Fire Restrictions.   Additionally, Stage II Fire Restrictions prohibit other activities which may   include (but are not limited to) the following:

You CANNOT operate any   motorized vehicle or internal combustion engine (such as a chainsaw) without   a Forest Service approved spark arrestor, weld, or use an explosive.

Always check with   the local Forest Service office for specific prohibited activities during   Stage II Fire Restrictions.

 

Stage III Fire  Restrictions (CLOSURE)


You CANNOT enter, stay, or use   any portion of the national forest that is closed.  The Green Waste Transfer Station is located in the Forest, and it will be closed as well.

 

Red Flag Warning AND   No Fire Restrictions


Same as Red Flag Warning.

 

Red Flag Warning AND   Fire Restrictions


Same as Red Flag Warning. Additionally,   forest visitors must also follow prohibitions as outlined in the specific   fire restrictions stage.

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stage I fire restrictions

When a Stage I Fire Restriction is established by the Forest Service:

 

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area listed in the order.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  3. For Tonto National Forest administered lands under Stage I Restrictions, Discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.

Note: each agency/tribe must cite their actual regulations/laws; therefore the wording for the prohibition may be slightly different. Exemptions may vary according to specific agency laws and regulations.

Stage I Exemptions:

  1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices 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.
  3. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  4. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  5. All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated in city ordinance.
  6. Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.

An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.

Baseline Restrictions:

  1. Fireworks and incendiary devices are never allowed on federal public lands.
  2. National Parks, Monuments, and Wildlife Refuges host year round fire restrictions. Contact the National Park you plan to visit for specific restrictions.

stage II fire restrictions

When a Stage II Fire Restriction is established by the Forest Service:

  

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  3. Discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.
  4. Mechanical and Industrial Prohibitions
    • Operating any internal combustion engine.
    • Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
    • Using an explosive.

Note: each agency/tribe must cite their actual regulations/laws; therefore the wording for the prohibition may be slightly different. Exemptions may vary according to specific agency laws and regulations.

Stage II Exemptions:

  1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. This process can be utilized in cases where public utility emergency repairs are necessary.
  2. Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.
  3. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices 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.
  4. Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
  5. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads so long as you park in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway.
  6. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  7. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force or other authorized personnel in the performance of an official duty.
  8. All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated by city ordinance.
  9. Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.
  10. Discharging of firearms is allowed on agency designated shooting ranges.

An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.

Baseline Restrictions:

  1. Fireworks and incendiary devices are never allowed on federal public lands.
  2. National Parks, Monuments, and Wildlife Refuges host year round fire restrictions. Contact the National Park you plan to visit for specific restrictions.


** closure **

When a Forest Closure is established by the Forest Service:

  

 

The Black Mesa Ranger District will review the evaluation guidelines and determine threshold levels that substantiate the need for closures.

Examples include:

  • Potential loss of life due to extreme fire conditions.
  • High potential for extreme fire behavior.
  • Stage II restrictions are not effective in reducing the number of human-caused fires.
  • Resources across the geographic area are at a critical shortage level.



Baseline Restrictions:

  1. Fireworks and incendiary devices are never allowed on federal public lands.
  2. National Parks, Monuments, and Wildlife Refuges host year round fire restrictions. Contact the National Park you plan to visit for specific restrictions.