FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Start dates may vary based on jurisdiction

White Mountain
Fire
Restrictions

Navajo and Apache County:
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Begin no later than May 6th pending Board of Supervisor Approval

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless noted in the exemptions below.
  2. Smoking outside of designated areas.
  3. Use of any and all fireworks.
  4. Use of explosive targets.
  5. Use of tracer round ammunition.

Note:  for the smoking provision, each agency/tribe must cite their actual regulations/laws; therefore, the wording for the prohibition may be slightly different.

Exemptions:

An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity. A person who commits an act in violation of this chapter that results in an appropriate emergency response or investigation and who is convicted of the violation may be liable for the expenses that are incurred incident to the emergency response and the investigation of the commission of the offense in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute 13-1709; Emergency response and investigation costs; civil liability.

  1. Persons obtaining a written ‘Special Use Permit” from the “Authority Having Jurisdiction” that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Fires used only for the cooking of food or for providing warmth for human beings or for recreational purposes (campfires and charcoal fires) 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.
  3. Smoking within enclosed buildings and inside vehicles is allowed. Smoking may also be allowed in or on porches, carports, garages, parking lots and other areas or properties which are cleared of all combustible materials so long as the smoking does not create a substantial risk of fire and all smoking materials are properly extinguished and disposed of. At no time is it allowed to discard lit cigarettes, cigars, or other smoking materials from a vehicle, or from ones’ possession in a public place (ARS 13-1603.a.1).
  4. Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off.  Such devices with 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 maintain a presence with the device when in operation.
  5. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  6. Emergency repairs of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.
  7. After coordination with the Emergency Management Director/Manager, any Federal, State, local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  8. All land within a city boundary is exempted unless stated by city ordinance.
  9. Other exemptions unique to each “Authority Having Jurisdiction”.

What is Prohibited:

  1. No building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove, except in designated developed recreation sites.
  2. No smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building.  
  3. No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  4. No fireworks, explosives or tracer rounds are permitted on national forest lands at any time.

What is Allowed:

Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices providing such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specification for safety, can be turned on/off and operated in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.

  • Target shooting is allowed, but not: 
    • In or within 150 yards from a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation area or occupied area.
    • Across or on a national forest or grassland road or body of water.
    • In any manner or place where any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge.
    • Into or within a cave.
    • Firing tracer bullets or incendiary ammunition.
    • Disturbing, injuring, destroying, or in any way damaging any prehistoric, historic, or archaeological resource, structure, site, artifact, property.
    • Abandoning any personal property or failing to dispose of all garbage, including targets, paper, cans, bottles, appliances.
  • Check out this video that discusses these restrictions further:

1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area is prohibited. Exemptions include persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off.
2. Smoking is prohibited unless: it is within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
3. The discharging or using of any kind of fireworks and incendiary devices is prohibited.
4. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch device with an open flame is prohibited.

Exemptions:

1. Any federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
2. All land within a city boundary is exempt unless otherwise stated in city ordinance.

Fort Apache Agency:
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions