Fire Restrictions

White Mountain
Fire
Restrictions

  • The following are prohibited
    • Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.
      • Exemption: Fires used only for the cooking of food or for providing warmth for human beings in an area that is designated for that purpose and is barren or cleared of all debris for 3 feet in diameter around the device. Permissible items include propane fire rings, pellet stoves/smokers/grills that have UL or FM approval and are a contained unit.  A person of appropriate age must always maintain a presence when in operation.
      • Exemption: Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices with a UL and/or FM approval can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device. A person of appropriate age must always be present with the device when in operation.
    • Outdoor Mechanical and Industrial Prohibitions
      • Operating any electric device or internal combustion engine in the course of mechanical or industrial operations that would produce open flames or sparks.
        • Exemption: Persons operating equipment with UL and/or FM approval and spark arrestors such as chainsaws (electric or internal combustion engine), lawnmowers and landscaping equipment in maintained, landscaped space.
      • Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame
        • Exemption: Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame in an enclosed or developed area designated for that purpose that is equipped with appropriate fire protection. 
      • Using an explosive.

Fort Apache Agency:
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

  • NO CAMPFIRES: Building, maintaining, attending or using fire, campfire or charcoal-burning devices are prohibited until further notice.
    • EXEMPTIONS: Fires that are related to traditional ceremonies, religious events, wakes, and residential/tailgate cooking fires are allowed within the communities.
  • The use of propane campfire or fire pit devices is prohibited.
    • Camping propane grills/stoves are allowed.
  • No debris burning until further notice.
  • Smoking is prohibited unless in an enclosed vehicle or building
  • Fireworks are always prohibited
  • Using a firearm is prohibited
  • Antler hunting is prohibited
  • Branding cattle is prohibited
  • Travelling through restricted areas to check on cornfields in closed areas is prohibited until further notice.
  • Traditional ceremonies/religious camp meetings in closed areas are prohibited.
    • SUNRISE DANCE CEREMONIES WILL BE ALLOWED IN DESIGNATED AREAS ONLY.
  • All motorized travel is restricted to developed roads.
  • Operating an internal combustion engine other than a motor vehicle in forest and woodland areas is prohibited until further notice.
  • Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame in forest and woodland areas is prohibited until further notice.
  • All woodcutting is prohibited until further notice, except for the following areas and for the purposes of ceremonies and wakes only:
    • East of Cibecue Creek; South of BIA Route 12 (Cibecue Creek to Cibecue Junction), US Route 60 (Cibecue Junction to Carrizo Junction) and State Route 73 to Fort Apache; west of White River to the confluence of the White and Black Rivers. (See the attached map.)A firewood permit (no fee) is required to harvest firewood in the designated area noted above. Also, a permit (no fee) is required to harvest other forest products and the poles used in a Sunrise Dance ceremony. The permit will serve as a pass to and from firewood gathering areas and the closed forest. Permits may be picked up at the Fort Apache Agency, Branch of Forestry office. All persons engaged in firewood gathering must have hand tools to extinguish any fires that may start, such as shovels, rakes, axes, McLeods.
  • For the full list of restricted activities and locations, please go to:
    (2) BIA Forestry & Wildland Fire Management – Fort Apache Agency – Posts | Facebook
  • The following are prohibited starting June 11, 2021, at 8 a.m.:
    • Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes.
    • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three (3) feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material.
  • The following acts are prohibited from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m:
    • Operating a generator, chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building and woodcutting during industrial operations or fire wood gathering capable of igniting a fire.
    • Using an explosive.
    • Blasting, welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
  • Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites is prohibited. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is permitted. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.
  • Smoking is prohibited unless: it is within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • The discharging or using of any kind of fireworks and incendiary devices is prohibited.
  • Mechanical and Industrial prohibitions:
    • Operating any internal combustion engine.
    • No chainsaw use from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. 
    • Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame
    • Using an explosive.
  • EXEMPTIONS:
    • Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. This process can be utilized in cases where public works and public utility emergency repairs are necessary.
    • Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.
    • Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
    • Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads so long as you park in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway.
    • Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
    • Any federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force or other authorized personnel in the performance of an official duty.
    • All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated by city ordinance.
  • For a full list of restrictions, please go to:
    Fire Restrictions | Department of Forestry and Fire Management (az.gov)