Stage 1 Restrictions Beginning This Week

Holbrook, AZ- The White Mountain Fire Coordinating group met early this week to discuss current conditions of the forest as well as the surrounding communities and have made the decision to enter into Stage 1 fire restrictions. During the meeting, it was discussed that over the past week, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest had multiple abandoned campfires. It was also observed that weather conditions are continuing to become warmer and drier. It was also decided that it is time for the White Mountain area to enter into Fire Restrictions. The following actions were determined:

  • The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest will enter Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning Thursday, May 5th, 2022.
  • State Trust lands and BLM will enter Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning Thursday, May 5th, 2022.
  • Both Navajo and Apache County will be holding Board of Supervisors meetings this week for approval to enter Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning no later than Friday, May 6th, 2022.
  • Fort Apache will remain in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions as they are in them year-round.

Please remember, Stage 1 Fire Restrictions laws and rules apply to EVERYONE. Though Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are similar across each jurisdiction, we recommend that everyone reviews the restrictions ahead of time- Know Before You Go!

For a list of what the fire restrictions are in each jurisdiction, please go to and click on the Fire Restrictions tab. As always, you can check out for the latest fire and emergency information.

Fire conditions as well as localized closures and restrictions are subject to change. Tribal, federal, state and local mandates are different, they may have some differences in their restriction notices. For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please contact the nearest land management agency office where you plan to work or play or visit

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