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Sandee McCullen
05-03-2006, 11:04 PM
Tonto National Forest begins fire restrictions

PHOENIX (May 6, 2005) The Tonto National Forest will prohibit most types of fire or fire-causing activities across the forest beginning Thursday, May 4, at 8 a.m.

Rising temperatures and lower humidity levels are drying out vegetation across the forest, signaling the beginning of fire season.

Building maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal burning device anywhere outside of exempted areas is prohibited on the forest. Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns and heating devices are exempt and may still be used within the restricted areas. Restrictions also apply to smoking outside of a cleared area, operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or any torches with open flames, operating any combustion engines without spark arresting devices in effective working order or discharging firearms except for taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws. Restrictions also prohibit off-road vehicle traffic, limiting any motorized use of the forest to authorized routes only.

Most of the developed recreation sites on the Tonto, including campgrounds and picnic areas, have been exempted from this order, so campfires and charcoal grills will still be allowed at these locations.

For a complete legal description and map of the restriction area, including exempted recreation sites, visit the Tonto National Forest website at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.

Violation of these restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months in jail.

For more information regarding recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.

For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona call toll free 877-864-6985, or visit the Southwest Coordination Center website at http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/.

Sedona Jeep School
05-04-2006, 07:30 AM
Here we go...:(

big jim
05-04-2006, 09:06 AM
Ok so does this mean all off-roading is over till the summer storms come?:(

Stu Olson
05-04-2006, 11:49 AM
Ok so does this mean all off-roading is over till the summer storms come?:(


Restrictions also prohibit off-road vehicle traffic, limiting any motorized use of the forest to authorized routes only.

I would say no, it does not prohibit wheelin' in the forest as long as your motorized travel is on authorized routes.

Maybe that is not what they meant, but it is what they said.

Sedona Jeep School
05-04-2006, 12:18 PM
"Off Road" in Forest Service speak means "off trail" as in running over shrubs, virgin soil, creating new paths. So this is not really anything new or different for most of the state--we have very few areas where "off road / off trail" is still permissable.

HiJinx
05-04-2006, 03:47 PM
Wow, I only got one camping trip in up there this year, and that was last weekend, and it was 28 at night. I was planning on going in two weeks again when it was a bit warmer.
Oh well.

Wildcat455
05-04-2006, 05:32 PM
Wow, I was planning on going in two weeks again when it was a bit warmer.
Oh well.


Hehe!

'Cause nothing says "Camping" Like a Hot Breeze raising a blister!! :D

Sandee McCullen
05-05-2006, 01:46 AM
Wow, I only got one camping trip in up there this year, and that was last weekend, and it was 28 at night. I was planning on going in two weeks again when it was a bit warmer.
Oh well.

Camping is still allowed. Just no fires anywhere other than "developed campgrounds". OHV travel is allowed on trails but everyone is ENCOURAGED to pay attention to the heat of catalatic converters to grasses; cigarettes (actually the fire restrictions don't allow smoking outside a vehicle either); mufflers etc......... in other words.......
BE CAREFUL.
We will most likely see tighter restrictions as the summer progresses. BLM was talking about it as are Coconino & Prescott. Would suggest doing a DAILY check of the Forest Service WEB page for surrounding forest information.

AZXJ
05-05-2006, 06:38 AM
Damnit!!!!!! they couldn't hold off another week ?? ARGH!!!!! :mad:

We have a huge group heading up to the Draw... Great.... :rolleyes:

Sandee McCullen
05-16-2006, 06:25 PM
Tonto National Forest begins fire restrictions

PHOENIX (May 6, 2005) The Tonto National Forest will prohibit most types of fire or fire-causing activities across the forest beginning Thursday, May 4, at 8 a.m.

Rising temperatures and lower humidity levels are drying out vegetation across the forest, signaling the beginning of fire season.

Building maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal burning device anywhere outside of exempted areas is prohibited on the forest. Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns and heating devices are exempt and may still be used within the restricted areas. Restrictions also apply to smoking outside of a cleared area, operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or any torches with open flames, operating any combustion engines without spark arresting devices in effective working order or discharging firearms except for taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws. Restrictions also prohibit off-road vehicle traffic, limiting any motorized use of the forest to authorized routes only.

Most of the developed recreation sites on the Tonto, including campgrounds and picnic areas, have been exempted from this order, so campfires and charcoal grills will still be allowed at these locations.

For a complete legal description and map of the restriction area, including exempted recreation sites, visit the Tonto National Forest website at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.

Violation of these restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months in jail.

For more information regarding recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.

For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona call toll free 877-864-6985, or visit the Southwest Coordination Center website at http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/.

Good afternoon,

Due to the increasing fire danger, the Tonto National Forest Supervisor's Office has opened a Fire Information Desk. The desk will be open from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, 7 days a week during periods of high fire danger. Inquiries about local wildland fire activities may be directed to this desk.

The numbers for the Fire Information Desk are 602.225.5214(o), 602.525.1042(c), or 602.401.2867(pager).

You have recieved this message because you were on the coordination list. If you received this message in error please contact us so that we may update our list.

Thank you,

Rick Barton, Information Officer