The Coconino County Board of Supervisors approved a ban on open burning on County public lands and private lands in the unincorporated areas of the County. The ban went into effect at 10:30 a.m., May 23 and will remain in effect until fire danger conditions subside.
The county’s fire ban includes all open fires, campfires and other pyrotechnic displays on private and public lands in the unincorporated areas of the County. On April 25, 2014, the Board took action to ban the sale and use of all permissible consumer fireworks within Coconino County. Excluded from the ban are petroleum-fueled stoves or lanterns, enclosed charcoal barbeque grills operated in residential yards and special events specifically approved by the Board of Supervisors.
“Due to recent events in Coconino County and northern Arizona, as well as the extremely dangerous and life threatening fire conditions throughout the County, the Board has decided to take this necessary action” said County Supervisor Chairman Matt Ryan. “Given the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, our Board felt the most prudent action was to impose this ban to help remove this potential threat and avoid additional devastating wildfires in our communities.”
Current restrictions within all county parks and natural areas will also remain in effect, including:
·Camping is only permitted in designated campgrounds at Fort Tuthill County Park.
·Smoking is strictly prohibited outdoors and only allowed in designated areas and/or in enclosed vehicles.
·Parking is prohibited on grassy forested areas and allowed in designated parking areas.
·Open fires are prohibited. This includes campfires, charcoal grills, torches, fireworks and candles. Only liquid gas stoves are permitted in improved areas (cleared of all vegetation, typically on a cinder or gravel surface).
Citizens are reminded to use caution when smoking cigarettes outdoors and to completely extinguish them. The use of any machinery that may emit sparks, such as chainsaws and welding equipment should be used with caution during the extreme fire danger period. Be prepared and have fire extinguishing equipment readily available.
While the fire ban may not specifically ban every type of fire-causing activity, residents and visitors are asked to use their best judgment when considering whether to engage in any activity that could spark a fire. Residents and visitors are reminded that they can be held legally responsible for causing any wildfire.For the complete article see the 05-23-2014 issue.
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