Coconino County announces to return to Stage 2 Fire Restrictions after cold weather

Sandy Casariego

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COCONINO COUNTY, AZ — On Tuesday, June 6, 2021 Coconino County announced that it will return to Stage Two Fire Restrictions after entering the Stage Three Fire Restriction on July 2 in anticipation of Independence Day commemoration.

The announcement is released in coordination with the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests following a cooler temperatures phenomenon and recent rainfalls that ultimately reduce the risk of wildfire.

On the other hand, Coconino County is still in a drought even with the rain and lower temperatures. This means that Coconino County is still in fire danger. Following the Stage Two Fire Restrictions, here are the prohibitions that apply on the County public and private lands:

  1. Campfires and open fires
  2. Fireworks
  3. Outdoor activities that are likely causing combustion, such as usage of charcoal grills, fire rings, pellet smokers, tracer rounds, incendiary rounds or targets, welding and smoking with the exception in an enclosed vehicle or room.

Meanwhile, the propane grills and heaters usage are permitted in this Stage Two Restrictions. On the Stage Three Restrictions, the County eventually allowed the use of all liquid fuel outdoor grills with an on and off switch at private residences to accommodate the Independence Day commemoration.

Parallel with the shifting to Stage Two Restrictions, Coconino County Parks and Recreation has reopened trails including Soldiers, Bridge, Two-Spot, Gold Digger, Pumphouse Nature trails, Highlands Trail, Flagstaff Loop Trail and Harrenburg Wash. These trails were closed due to Stage Three Restrictions.

In addition, Fort Tuthill Disc Golf Course, Fort Tuthill Bike Park, the stables at Fort Tuthill, the Archery Range at Fort Tuthill and ramadas are now open.

For more information about fire restrictions, visit this link.

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