Public Lands Fire News

Arizona

June 2015 Wildfire and Recreation Report for Arizona

As of June 2015 ALL public lands in Arizona are OPEN, but some are under fire restrictions.

All National Forests in Arizona are OPEN, but some are under fire restrictions.

All districts of the TONTO NATIONAL FOREST are under STAGE ONE fire restrictions.

Camillo Fire Closure, Coconino NF, Flagstaff/Mogollon RD
The order applies to National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the vicinity of the Little Mormon Mountain and
Hutch Mountain beginning at Forest Highway 3 east along FR 125 to FR 9720 /9494H south to FR 124D, the closure area
includes forest land west of the High Voltage power line, it then heads east along FR 124 D to FR 82 where it proceeds
south.. The boundary then ties into FR 653 where it heads south to tie into FR 135. It then continues west on FR 135 to
Forest Highway 3 then north along FH3 to tie back into FR 125. This closure includes Little Mormon Mountain trails, Hutch
Mountain trails and Hutch Mtn. lookout, and portions of the Arizona trail.

Coronado NF, Douglas RD
The Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, is temporarily closing some roads and trails in the Peloncillo Mountains in Cochise County, Arizona and Hidalgo County, New Mexico during operations on the Guadalupe Fire. The closures are in place to provide for public safety while the incident is being managed.

All National Parks and Monuments are OPEN, but some are under fire restrictions.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area- wood or charcoal fires allowed in grills of developed picnic areas;wood or charcoal burning devices allowed on the shoreline where natural vegetation is at least 100 feet from the shoreline;barbecue grills allowed on private boats outside the harbors of Lake Mead and Lake Mohave;rental boats are authorized to use barbecues attached to vessel if allowed under rental boat agreement;all vessel barbecue fires must be at least 100 feet away from shoreline vegetation.Smoking is allowed outside of an enclosed vehicle in areas that are cleared of all flammable material for at least three feet.Cigarettes must be discarded in a car ashtray or an ashtray in a developed area.

All State, County, and Local lands are OPEN, with no 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 Closures

MOST Arizona Public Lands are OPEN, but some are under fire restrictions.

Camillo Fire Closure, Coconino NF, Flagstaff/Mogollon RD
The order applies to National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the vicinity of the Little Mormon Mountain and
Hutch Mountain beginning at Forest Highway 3 east along FR 125 to FR 9720 /9494H south to FR 124D, the closure area
includes forest land west of the High Voltage power line, it then heads east along FR 124 D to FR 82 where it proceeds
south.. The boundary then ties into FR 653 where it heads south to tie into FR 135. It then continues west on FR 135 to
Forest Highway 3 then north along FH3 to tie back into FR 125. This closure includes Little Mormon Mountain trails, Hutch
Mountain trails and Hutch Mtn. lookout, and portions of the Arizona trail.

Local conditions sometimes require land managers to close access or use of areas within their jurisdiction. ALWAYS check back here often for the latest closures

 

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

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

All districts of the TONTO NATIONAL FOREST are under STAGE ONE fire restrictions. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is prohibited outside of metal fire rings and metal pedestal grills provided by the Forest Service in developed recreation sites.

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.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area- wood or charcoal fires allowed in grills of developed picnic areas;wood or charcoal burning devices allowed on the shoreline where natural vegetation is at least 100 feet from the shoreline;barbecue grills allowed on private boats outside the harbors of Lake Mead and Lake Mohave;rental boats are authorized to use barbecues attached to vessel if allowed under rental boat agreement;all vessel barbecue fires must be at least 100 feet away from shoreline vegetation.Smoking is allowed outside of an enclosed vehicle in areas that are cleared of all flammable material for at least three feet.Cigarettes must be discarded in a car ashtray or an ashtray in a developed area.

BLM LANDS

ALL BLM lands are OPEN, with no fire restrictions..

STATE PARKS

ALL state lands and parks are OPEN, with no fire restrictions.

TRIBAL LANDS

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, but some are under fire restrictions.

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

 

Campfire Safety is still a priority

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.

 

New Mexico

June 2015 Wildfire and Recreation Report for New Mexico

ALL public lands in New Mexico are OPEN, with no fire restrictions.

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

Due to the Red Canyon Fire in the Cibola-Magdalena RD, the following Forest Roads (FR) are closed until further notice: FR 96; FR 138; FR 478A; FR 478B; FR 330; FR 331; FR 378, and FR 478. The following trails are closed: Trails 28, 31, 43, and 63. All the listed Forest Roads and trails are within the working boundaries of the Red Canyon Fire perimeter.

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

 

New Mexico Wildfire Closures

ALL New Mexico Public Lands are OPEN, with no fire restrictions.

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

Due to the Red Canyon Fire in the Magdalena RD, the following Forest Roads (FR) are closed until further notice: FR 96; FR 138; FR 478A; FR 478B; FR 330; FR 331; FR 378, and FR 478. The following trails are closed: Trails 28, 31, 43, and 63. All the listed Forest Roads and trails are within the working boundaries of the Red Canyon Fire perimeter.

 

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, with no fire restrictions.

BLM LANDS

All BLM-managed public lands and recreation areas in New Mexico are OPEN, with no fire restrictions.

STATE PARKS

All state lands and recreation areas are OPEN, with no fire restrictions.

TRIBAL LANDS (BIA)

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, with no fire restyrictions.

 

Campfire Safety is still a priority

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.

 

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