FLAGSTAFF, AZ - A ban on open burning was approved by the Coconino County Board of Supervisors Friday morning.
The ban went into effect at 10:30 a.m. and includes all open fires, campfires, and other pyrotechnic displays on private and public lands in the unincorporated areas of the county.
“Due to recent events in Coconino County and Northern Arizona, as well as the extremely dangerous and life threatening fire conditions throughout the County, the Board has decided to take this necessary action” said County Supervisor Chairman Matt Ryan. “Given the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, our Board felt the most prudent action was to impose this ban to help remove this potential threat and avoid additional devastating wildfires in our communities.”
The ban will remain in effect until fire danger conditions subside, according to a press release.
Current restrictions within all county parks and natural areas will also remain in effect, including:
- Camping is only permitted in designated campgrounds at Fort Tuthill County Park.
- Smoking is strictly prohibited outdoors and only allowed in designated areas and/or in enclosed vehicles.
- Parking is prohibited on grassy forested areas and allowed in designated parking areas.
- Open fires are prohibited. This includes campfires, charcoal grills, torches, fireworks and candles. Only liquid gas stoves are permitted in improved areas (cleared of all vegetation, typically on a cinder or gravel surface).
Citizens are reminded to use caution when smoking cigarettes outdoors and using machinery which may emit sparks, such as chainsaws and welding equipment.
According to the press release, residents and visitors are reminded that they can be held personally responsible for causing any wildfire.