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Flagstaff to enter Stage 3 Fire Restrictions amid Pipeline, Haywire fires

Some national forest areas will also be restricted
Pipeline Fire
Posted at 5:31 PM, Jun 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-17 11:23:07-04

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — The City of Flagstaff announced it will enter Stage 3 Fire Restrictions beginning Friday morning.

Heightened restrictions take effect at 8 a.m. Friday amid the Pipeline and Haywire fires, which have burned over 27,000 acres combined.

The Pipeline Fire was believed to have started after a man allegedly burned toilet paper in the area, saying he was unaware of the fire restrictions in place.

Stage 3 Fire Restrictions include the following new restrictions:

  • The use of propane and gas BBQs (including those with an on-off switch) is prohibited in City parks, open spaces, and private campgrounds.
  • The use of propane and gas BBQs (including those with an on-off switch) are allowed at private residences EXCEPT during a Red Flag Warning.
  • Public access to sections of the Flagstaff Urban Trails System (FUTS) that provide an entrance into any closed area of the Coconino National Forest is prohibited.
  • In the event of a complete closure of the Coconino National Forest, public entry/use of Observatory Mesa and Picture Canyon City Open Space lands is prohibited.

The following restrictions from Stages 0, 1 and 2 remain in effect:

  • The sale or use of consumer-grade fireworks is prohibited.
  • Permits for open burning within the City will not be issued.
  • The use of open fire pits and other open flame devices (including those with a spark arrestor screen) without an on/off switch is prohibited.
  • The use of charcoal and wood-fired BBQs are prohibited throughout the city, including at private residences and campgrounds.

In addition to the fire restrictions, Coconino and Kaibab national forests "will temporarily close certain areas to public access beginning Friday and Saturday due to fire danger and for public safety."