Campfire Ban on Apache-Sitgreaves Forest extended

The campfire ban on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests has been extended, July 1 – July 31, or until rescinded. The ban prohibits building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. Persons using pressurized liquid or gas fueled devices are exempt. No charcoal or wood burning of any kind. We are not in any fire stage restrictions. This is strictly a campfire ban.

The campfire ban includes only the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. For private property fire restrictions, please contact your local county.

For further information about the Apache-Sitgreaves campfire ban, please contact a district office.

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Polles Fire smoke impact report 7/6/2020

Wildfire Smoke Forecast | ADEQ Arizona Department of Environmental Quality The Polles Fire was mapped overnight at approximately 570 acres. Yesterday, smoke that was produced moved toward the east over the Rim Country. This morning light smoke can be seen on satellite in/around the area.

As was the case yesterday, smoke production will be very dependent on fire activity this afternoon. Smoke produced today will rise and disperse toward the east over Payson and Star Valley, with only light smoke impacts, as smoke is forecast to remain mostly elevated off the ground.

Overnight, smoke is expected to settle into the low lying areas around the fire, including the East Verde River; however, forecasting only light smoke impacts. Smoke will lift Tuesday morning by 9 a.m.

Tomorrow, smoke is forecast to follow a very similar path to what is seen today.

Follow the smoke forecast at http://azdeq.gov/node/7077?fire=pollesfire

Red Flag Warning in effect for June 29, 2020

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST (9 PM FOR THE NAVAJO NATION) THIS EVENING DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY.

REMEMBER THAT HERE IS NO DEBRIS BURNING PERMITTED DURING A RED FLAG EVENT

Key Points:

Sustained winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph across much of the area.

These winds will create dangerous fire weather conditions across all of northern Arizona, meaning any fire starts will have the potential to spread rapidly.

Expect cooler daytime temperatures across the region today

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