In response to the high potential for wildfire, Coconino County will enact fire restrictions on all county park facilities on Friday, April 18.
The County’s fire restrictions coincide with those that will go into effect Friday by the U.S. Forest Service and the City of Flagstaff. The following restrictions begin at 8 a.m. Friday, April 18 at all public County parks:
- Camping is permitted only 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).
Fire restrictions will be in effect at all County Parks and Recreation Department public parks, including Fort Tuthill County Park south of Flagstaff, Louise Yellowman County Park in Tuba City, Peaks View Park, Raymond County Park in Kachina Village and Sawmill Multicultural Art and Nature Park in Flagstaff.
“Unfortunately, our region’s record-dry winter has led to an early fire season in Northern Arizona,” County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Ryan said. “Imposing this ban is the right thing to do in our parks under these conditions.”
County residents are also encouraged to sign up to receive emergency notifications through CodeRED at www.coconino.az.gov/emergency. By registering for the service, users can receive emergency notifications through land-line and cellphone calls, e-mail and text messages. Users can also opt in to receive weather alerts as well.
Residents are asked to use caution when considering whether to engage in any activity that could spark a fire. Residents and visitors are reminded that they can be held legally responsible for causing any wildfire.
For additional notifications and information, follow visit the County’s homepage at www.coconino.az.gov and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CoconinoCounty and Twitter at www.twitter.com/CoconinoCounty.