Public Lands Fire News

Arizona

Campfire Safety is still a priority

The monsoon season is ending and fine grassy fuels and brush will start to dry out. As you are out hunting, camping, or collecting firewood there is still a need for campfire safety. Here are some suggestions to help prevent wildfires:

For campers, hunters and drivers:
• If you don’t need a fire, don’t build one.
• Use established campfire rings whenever available.
• Make sure campfires are away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, and leaves.
• Keep water and a shovel near the campfire.
• Douse campfire with water and stir one hour before leaving. If its cool to the touch, then it’s safe to leave.
• Adults should always supervise children around a campfire.
• Only smoke in approved areas and always dispose of smoking materials in an ashtray or ashcan.
• While driving, avoid pulling over into areas with tall grass. Hot catalytic converters or exhaust particles can ignite grasses along the roadway.
• If pulling a trailer, make sure chains are not dragging along the pavement as the sparks can fly and start a fire.

For landowners:
• Thin trees and brush near structures.
• Remove weeds and mow dry grasses.
• Clear twig and leaf litter from gutters and roofs.
• Stack firewood well away from structures.
• Surround structures with drought and fire resistant or irrigated landscaping.
• Have an evacuation plan.

 

July 2014 Wildfire and Recreation Report for Arizona

As of July 2014 ALL public lands in Arizona are OPEN

ALL National Forests in Arizona are OPEN with no fire restrictions.

All National Parks and Monuments are OPEN.

All State, County, and Local lands are OPEN, but some State Parks are under STAGE ONE and TWO fire restrictions.

Please read the notices below and in the press section carefully before you take off for outdoor activities.

And remember, fireworks are ALWAYS ILLEGAL on public lands!!

 

Arizona Fire Restrictions

Different land managing agencies establish their fire restrictions for their lands in different ways. Some use National Forest or Ranger District boundaries, county lines or their agency-based administrative areas. Use the maps found throughout this website to clarify where you might be restricted from using fires. Download the pdf map here to find county or national forest boundaries.

NATIONAL FORESTS AND GRASSLANDS

ALL National Forests in Arizona are OPEN with no fire restrictions.

NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS

All National Parks and Monuments are OPEN.

National Parks and Monuments maintain different restrictions on cooking and campfires year round - use the interactive map above to locate individual sites and check the site's page for local restrictions.

BLM LANDS

ALL BLM lands are OPEN.

STATE PARKS

ALL state lands and parks are OPEN, but some State parks are under STAGE ONE and STAGE TWO fire restrictions.

TRIBAL LANDS

The White Mountain tribal lands are under STAGE TWO fire restrictions.

Although Native American tribal governments cooperate in federal and state fire prevention plans and activities, one should always remember that tribal lands are not public lands.

 

What's Open in Arizona

ALL public lands in Arizona are OPEN.

It's always wise to call ahead to the Field Office or Ranger Station that oversees your destination to check on local conditions.

 

Arizona Fire Closures

Local conditions sometimes require land managers to close access or use of areas within their jurisdiction. Many of the closures below were posted without expiration dates. Call the contact information on the site page for current conditions. Always check with the local land management office before venturing out on to Arizona's outdoor destinations.

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Auger Creek Area, Fish Creek Area, Middle Mountain Area, Milligan Valley Area, Prime Canyon Area, West Fork Area, West Fork Dispersed C.G. are all closed.

Click for the closure order and the associated map.

FR 8793 is the eastern boundary of the closure area and will be closed where it originates on FR 25B, for the entirety of its length of 2.4 miles.

FR8793A, FR8793B, and FR8793C will be closed to vehicular traffic due to lack of access, but will be outside of the area closure.

The northern boundary will start where FR8693 makes a sharp turn to the south just past spur FR8793B. At the sharp turn, the boundary heads northwest 0.3 mi to the second small drainage, following it northwest for about 0.15 mi to Slaughter Draw. The Closure then follows Slaughter Draw to the south to the top of the draw where it meets FR25B, and along that road to the east,back to the intersection with FR8793.

To view this closure order and the associated map, please click here

Coconino National Forest

The Sandy’s Canyon Trail and Arizona Trail at Fisher Point have been temporarily closed.

 

New Mexico

Campfire Safety is still a priority

The monsoon season is ending and fine grassy fuels and brush will start to dry out. As you are out hunting, camping, or collecting firewood there is still a need for campfire safety. Here are some suggestions to help prevent wildfires:

For campers, hunters and drivers:
• If you don’t need a fire, don’t build one.
• Use established campfire rings whenever available.
• Make sure campfires are away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, and leaves.
• Keep water and a shovel near the campfire.
• Douse campfire with water and stir one hour before leaving. If its cool to the touch, then it’s safe to leave.
• Adults should always supervise children around a campfire.
• Only smoke in approved areas and always dispose of smoking materials in an ashtray or ashcan.
• While driving, avoid pulling over into areas with tall grass. Hot catalytic converters or exhaust particles can ignite grasses along the roadway.
• If pulling a trailer, make sure chains are not dragging along the pavement as the sparks can fly and start a fire.

For landowners:
• Thin trees and brush near structures.
• Remove weeds and mow dry grasses.
• Clear twig and leaf litter from gutters and roofs.
• Stack firewood well away from structures.
• Surround structures with drought and fire resistant or irrigated landscaping.
• Have an evacuation plan.

 

July 2014 Wildfire and Recreation Report for New Mexico

ALL public lands in New Mexico are OPEN.

Please read the notices below and in the press section carefully before you take off for outdoor activities.

And remember, fireworks are ALWAYS illegal on public lands!!

 

New Mexico Fire Restrictions

Different land managing agencies establish their fire restrictions for their lands in different ways. Some use National Forest or Ranger District boundaries, county lines or their agency-based administrative areas. Use the maps found throughout this website to clarify where you might be restricted from using fires. Download http://plicmapcenter.org/NM/

NATIONAL FORESTS

ALL Forests are OPEN on all ranger districts, with no fire restrictions.

NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS

National Parks and Monuments maintain different restrictions on cooking and campfires year round - use the interactive map above to locate individual sites and check the site's page for local restrictions.

All National Parks and Monuments are OPEN

Petroglyph and Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monuments are under STAGE TWO fire restrictions.

BLM LANDS

All BLM-managed public lands and recreation areas in New Mexico are OPEN. Lands within the Rio Puerco and Socorro Field Offices are under STAGE ONE fire restrictions.

STATE PARKS

All state lands and recreation areas are OPEN, but many are under fire restrictions. Here is a link for more information

Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties are under a STAGE ONE BURN BAN

TRIBAL LANDS (BIA)

Zuni and Ramah Navajo Chapter tribal lands are under STAGE ONE fire restrictions.

All Southern Pueblo tribal lands are under STAGE ONE fire restrictions. This includes: Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Sandia, and Zia Lakes.

Although Native American tribal governments cooperate in federal and state fire prevention plans and activities, one should always remember that tribal lands are not public lands.


 

What's Open in New Mexico

ALL of New Mexico's public lands are OPEN.

 

ARE YOU PREPARED?

Any time is a good time to reduce the risk of wildfires. All public land management agencies encourage the use of the following Firewise techniques to avoid damage to your home and property:

• Define your defensible space
• Clean roof and gutters
• Create fuel breaks
• Plant fire resistant plants
• Keep flammables away from home
• Make sure you have spark arresters on all equipment
• Clearly mark access routes
• Maintain an adequate water supply
• Develop and rehearse a fire action plan
• Establish safe burning practices

Contact your local fire department and the following web sites for more information on making your home and property FIRE SAFE:

Public Lands Information Center Fire News
http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/

Firewise Techniques For Homeowners and Communities
http://www.firewise.org

National Interagency Fire Center
http://www.nifc.gov

National Fire Plan
http://www.fireplan.gov

National Wildfire Coordinating Group
http://www.nwcg.gov

Bureau of Land Management
http://www.blm.gov

BLM Environmental Education
http://www.blm.gov/education/

Federal Emergency Management Agency
http://www.fema.gov

U. S. Fire Administration
http://www.usfa.fema.gov


 

New Mexico Wildfire Closures

Local conditions sometimes require land managers to close access or use of areas within their jurisdiction. ALWAYS check with local offices before venturing out on to New Mexico's public lands.

GILA NATIONAL FOREST

Closures are still in effect due to the Whitewater fire. For Full details on the Closures, please click here.

Campgrounds and Facilities closed:
• Gilita Campground
• Ben Lilly Campground
• Willow Creek Campground and Trailhead
Roads closed:
• Gilita Campground Road (FR 28E)
• No parking or overnight camping is authorized on either side of Catron County Road CAT -C073,
(formerly known as FR 507), on Forest System Lands

Trails closed:
• West Fork Corral Trail (FT 814) is closed
• West Fork Trail (FT 151) is closed from Willow Creek Trailhead to the junction with Forest Trail 30
• Whitewater Baldy Trail (FT 172) is closed from the junction with West Fork Trail (FT 151) west to
the junction with the Crest Trail (FT 182)
• Mogollon Baldy Trail (FT 152) is closed from the junction with Crest Trail (FT 182) to the junction
with Gobbler Canyon Trail (FT 221)
• Gobble Canyon Trail (FT 221) is closed from the junction with Mogollon Baldy Trail (FT 152) to the
junction with Mogollon Trail (FT 153)
• Crest Trail (FT 182) is closed
• Redstone Trail (FT 206) is closed
• Deloche Trail (FT 179) is closed
• Whitewater Creek Trail (FT207 is closed from the Wilderness Boundary to the junction with FT182
at Hummingbird Saddle
• South Fork Whitewater Trail (FT 212 is closed from the Wilderness Boundary to the junction with FT
181 at Camp Creek Saddle
• East Fork Whitewater Trail (FT213) is closed
• Little Whitewater Creek Trail (FT 214) is closed
• Holt Gulch Trail (FT 217) is closed
• Straight Up Trail (FT215) is closed
• Holt Apache Trail (FT 181) is closed
• North Fork Big Dry Creek Trail (FT 225) is closed
• Little Dry Creek Trail (FT 180) is closed
• Rain Creek 74 Mountain Trail (FT 189) is closed from the Rain Creek trailhead north and east to the
junction with Mogollon Trail (FT153)
• West Fork Mogollon Trail (FT 224) is closed
• Golden Link Trail (FT 218) is closed
• Grouse Mountain Trail (FT 781) is closed
• Bead Spring Trail (FT 138) is closed
• Gilita/Middle Fork Trail (FT 157) from the trailhead near Willow Creek, easterly to the Middle Fork
Gila River, just below Snow Lake is closed
• Mogollon Creek Trail FT 153 is closed from Trail Canyon westerly to the junction with Rain Creek
Trail FT 189
• Turkeyfeather Mtn. Trail FT 102 is closed

Wilderness Area Closed:

Boundary between the south fork of Mineral Creek and Gilita Campground and Trailhead .

LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST has CLOSED the following sites:

Access to portions of the Bonito Recreation Corridor off of FS Road 107 which includes established and dispersed campgrounds (South Fork and the Bonito Meadows).
Access to Ski Apache Ski Area.
Access to portions of the White Mountain Wilderness Area from Trail 20 (Rodamaker), Trail 19 (South Fork), Trail 18(Peacock), Trail 33 (Bluefront) and Big Bear Canyon/Forest Service Road 107A.

The following National Forest System Roads on the Smokey Bear Ranger District will be closed to motorized vehicles:
Forest Service Road 598, Philadelphia Canyon, entire length.
Forest Service Road 117, Monjeau, from the Crest Trailhead (Trail 25) to the Monjeau Lookout Tower.
Forest Service Road 600, Kraut Canyon, entire length.
Forest Service Road 601, Littleton Canyon, entire length.
Forest Service Road 107C, Southfork Campground, entire length.

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

The Santa Fe National Forest is OPEN, with no fire restrictions. However, some campgrounds and trailheads are closed.

List of trails within the Jaroso burn - Not Recommended for Travel:

Skyline Trail 251 from Horsethief Meadow to Pecos Baldy Lake

Rito Pero Trail 256 from the Jacks Creek Trail 257 to the Skyline Trail 251

Jacks Creek Trail 257 from the junction of the Dockweiller Trail 259 to Pecos Baldy Lake

Dockweiller Trail 259 from the junction of the Rito Pero Trail 256 to Sebadillosos Trail 245

Horsethief Meadow Trail 253 to the Capulin Trail 158

Sierra Mosca Trail 156 from the Capulin Trail 158 to junction of the Agua Sarca Trail 228

Capulin Trail 158 from Panchuela West to the Rio Medio – closed by debris since 2006

BLM RECREATION SITES

STATE PARKS