Campfire Ban lifted on Apache-Sitgreaves Forest

U.S. Forest Service
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
30 South Chiricahua Drive
Springerville, AZ 85938


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News Release

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Kacy Ellsworth


Campfire Ban Lifted on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Springerville, AZ, July 23, 2020 – Visitors to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests may now have a campfire. The campfire ban for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests was terminated today, July 23, 2020. Additionally, with fire behavior being generally low to moderate, the Southwest Area moved to Preparedness Level 2.

“The campfire ban was an effort to prevent overtaxing federal, state and local fire and medical resources. With the onset of monsoon season and lower fire danger, we feel comfortable terminating the campfire ban. We urge visitors to follow all campfire rules and make sure their campfires are 100% out before they leave,” said, Gary Strickland, Forest Fire Management Officer, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

In the United States, over 80 percent of wildfires are human caused. Examples of preventable human-caused fires are unattended campfires, campfires not being “dead out,” cigarettes thrown out of vehicle windows, and vehicles parking on tall grass with hot exhaust pipes and dragging tow-chains. Please take precautions and heed campfire guidelines to prevent wildfires.  

A campfire can be the highlight of camping, and it provides warmth to hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. It is each visitor’s responsibility to properly maintain and extinguish a campfire to prevent wildfires.

Campfire guidelines:

  • Never cut whole trees or branches, dead or alive. Live materials will not burn and dead standing trees, snags, are often homes for birds and other wildlife.
  • Do not burn aerosol cans, pressurized containers, glass or aluminum cans. They could explode, shatter and/or create harmful fumes.
  • Keep the fire to a manageable size.
  • Never leave your campfire unattended.

Ensure campfire is fully extinguished:

  • Allow wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
  • Pour water on the fire. Drown all embers, not just the red ones. Pour until hissing sound stops.
  • If water is not available, stir dirt or sand into the embers with a shovel to bury the fire.
  • Scrape any remaining sticks and logs with a shovel to remove any embers.
  • Continue adding water, dirt, or sand and stir with a shovel until all material is cool.
  • If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.

For more information about the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, please visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests webpage or contact the supervisors office or a district office.


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.

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