24/7 365

(928) 774-5231



Weather Updates

Latest News

Northern AZ News

Coconino National Forest Considering Changes To Fire Restrictions

Coconino National Forest officials are considering changes to fire restrictions. The changes would limit camping, campfires and motorized use in strategic areas of the district during certain times of the year when wildfire risk is high. Proposed changes to fire restrictions would increase the boundaries of the existing year-round camping and campfire ban located adjacent to the City of Flagstaff. They would also forbid the use of motorized vehicles in areas around the San Francisco Peaks, Walnut Canyon and Pumphouse Wash during Stage Two fire restrictions. These areas have rough terrain and topography that increase wind speeds, which can limit firefighter ability to suppress wildfire starts. The proposed changes address the immediate concern for future large human-caused wildfires and are part of a long-term risk reduction strategy focused on forest health and resiliency. The areas under consideration would still be open for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use during Stage Two fire restrictions. Summer operations at Arizona Snowbowl, the Nordic Center and parking at popular trailheads suck as Humphrey’s Peak and Fatman’s Loop. would not be impacted. Should the proposed Stage Two fire restriction changes be adopted, they will be implemented by April. The forest service plans to hold community meetings and solicit public input prior to implementation.