Fire Restrictions and Current Wildfires

Welcome to the Arizona Backcountry Explorers fire information page. Here, you will find various information concerning all current wildfires and fire restrictions in Arizona and across the US.

Fire Restriction Prohibitions

Stage 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.
  • 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.
  • The discharging or using of any kind of fireworks and incendiary devices is prohibited.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch devices with an open flame is prohibited.

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

Stage 2

  • 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 are 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, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, is prohibited.
  • Discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations 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 torches 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 a city ordinance.

Closure

Exemptions:

  • Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  • 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 in a city ordinance.

For information about permits to legally recreate on State Trust land, please call the Land Department’s Public Desk at 602-542-4632.

Wildfire News From Inciweb

  • David Gesser's Southwest Incident Management Team has assumed command of the Pinnacle Fire. As of June 12, the fire size is currently estimated at 2,200 acres. Crews are working on fire suppression to include efforts on the southeast side and identifying a larger containment area to the south where they can be more effective using existing roads and working in more favorable fuels and terrain.Please remember: "If You Fly, We Can't." Unauthorized drones entering the area will ground firefighting aircraft which could result in serious
  • The #TelegraphFire on the Globe Ranger District is less than 1 mile from Top-of-the-World and currently estimated at 87,78 acres.Active fire activity burning in timber with grass and understory, brush and timber with litter and understory, has warranted numerous evacuation status alerts. Firefighters are protecting values in Top of the World, Superior, Claypool, Miami and Globe. Another primary goal is keeping the fire south of U.S. 60 and protecting public and private property, infrastructure, firefighter and public safety as the fire threatens them. This is a fast moving and dynamic fire.  During emergency incidents it’s a natural and generous desire to […]
  •  Driven by shifting winds and historically dry conditions, the Bennion Creek fire has continued to expand in remote and rugged country northwest of Scofield Reservoir.  The fire is burning in the area between Skyline and Starvation roads, on the Manti-La Sal National Forest.  An evacuation and closures remain in effect for areas affected by the fire. Firefighters are working aggressively to contain the fire, protect structures and mop up perimeter lines.Saturday afternoon, strong winds caused rapid fire growth to the fire’s south, within the area of Sugar House Camp and to the fire’s north, within the area of Bennion Creek […]
  • Containment increases; Excessive heat and fire potential persistMescal Fire Update for June 12, 2021   Acres: 72,250 acresCause: Under InvestigationContainment: 77%Total personnel: 345 Start Date: Monday, June 1, 2021Location: 12 mi SE of Globe, AZ; 7 mi NE of Dripping Springs, AZFuels: Desert Brush, Oak, and grass Overview: Crews on the Mescal Fire continue to monitor and patrol the fire’s perimeter and interior hot spots. Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has reopened Highway 60 to all vehicle traffic. The communities of Beverly Hills, T 11 Ranch, El Capitan and Skill Center remained in "Set" status due to wildfire threats from the Telegraph Fire. Additionally, […]
  •   The Johnson Fire is approximately 54,203 acres and is burning in the Gila Wilderness on the Gila National Forest. The acreage is the most accurate information taken from an infrared (IR) flight on Friday evening. The suppression strategy for this fire is confine and contain.  In the evening hours the fire will appear both larger and closer than it is due to the inability to reference its size to any physical landmarks. With yesterday’s hot and dry conditions, the fire burned steadily in Sycamore and Bush Canyons and in Corral Canyon in the northwest corner of the fire.  As […]
  • The Mammoth Creek Fire in now 72% contained. Fire crews continue to make very good progress securing and containing the fire perimeter.  Firefighters are assessing and felling hazard trees near residential structure and along Forest Roads within the fire area. Fire crews will continue to backhaul water handling equipment, including thousands of feet of fire hose and other temporary water storage apparatus.  Fire suppression repair will occur over the next few days as more containment along the fire perimeter is achieved.Southwest Utah is experiencing exceptional drought and the area will begin to move into a prolonged warming trend with temperatures […]
  •  Buffalo, Wyo. – The Robinson Fire burned off the mountain and into Robinson Canyon and surrounding foothills during the Thursday night high winds that impacted the area. In response to the spread of the fire and the increasing personnel involved, the fire incident has been upgraded from a Type 3 response to a Type 2.A flight conducted this morning estimates that the fire has grown to around 600 acres, increasing from the approximately 150 acres on Thursday.“Our initial response crews have been giving a monumental effort in their fight of this fire as it is in almost vertical terrain that is […]
  • The 1,380-acre Sandy Valley Fire is now 60 percent contained. Sandy Valley Road and Potosi Pass Road were opened this afternoon. Precautionary evacuations have been lifted for all residents and commercial buildings on Potosi Pass Road. More than 190 firefighters are assigned to the fire which is on BLM and U.S. Forest Service administered
  • The Pack Creek Fire started on June 9th near the Pack Creek. In the following days, gusty, erratic winds drove the fire through the canyon and up into higher elevations. The investigation determined that the fire was caused by an abandoned campfire left behind in the public day-use
  • The Shamrock Fire was reported on Thursday, June 9 just before midnight.  The fire is located on the Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District  approximately 12 miles NE of Nogales near Kino Springs. The fire is under the Southeast Zone Type 3 Incident Management  Team with Incident Commander Darrel Howell.  A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place for the fire and surrounding area.For the latest update, visit the News
  • Robinson Fire Daily Update for Saturday, June 12, 2021: 8:00 pm  Summary  At 7 pm Saturday, June 12, command of the Robinson Fire was transferred from local fire managers to the Rocky Mountain Area Blue Team (Type 2).  Mike Haydon, the Incident Commander of the incoming Blue Team, had high praise for the strong coordination he’s seen among Johnson County officials, fire managers from the Bureau of Land Management, and local fire departments. “We will continue to consult and coordinate with local officials to ensure that we’re meeting their needs, and the needs of the communities that have been affected by this fire.” On […]
  •   Fire Information Public Phone Line: 480-608-2054 Fire Information Media Phone Line: 949-573-5408 Email: 2021.Telegraph@firenet.gov InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7512/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Telegraphfireinformation/ NEW Twitter: https://twitter.com/TelegraphFire   Telegraph Fire Evening Update – June 12, 2021   FOR CURRENT EVACUATION INFORMATION, residents are advised to monitor Facebook pages for Pinal County Sheriff’s Office: https://www.facebook.com/PinalCountySO  and Gila County Health and Emergency Management: https://www.facebook.com/gilacohealthem  Notifications can change rapidly. Residents in areas affected by the fire should remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate. Evacuation notifications are issued when danger is imminent and life threatening.   Acres: 87,119 Percent Containment: 76% Date/Time Detected: Friday, June 4, 2021, 1:30 […]
  • LAS VEGAS – The 1,380-acre Sandy Valley Fire is now 60 percent contained. Sandy Valley Road and Potosi Pass Road were opened this afternoon. Precautionary evacuations have been lifted for all residents and commercial buildings on Potosi Pass Road.     “As we head into hotter temperatures this week, please remember to enjoy your public lands responsibly and abide by fire restrictions,” said Tyler Hecht, BLM Southern Nevada District Fire Management Officer. “If you plan on target shooting, please don’t shoot into rocks or metal objects and place targets in areas free of vegetation. Always have water, a shovel and a fire extinguisher ready […]
  •   Shamrock Fire – June 12, 2021 Update   Acres: 1,104 acres Start Date:  June 9, 2021 Cause: Under Investigation Containment: 48% Total personnel: 177 Location: 11 miles northeast of Nogales, AZ Fuels: Short grass and brush   Operations: Infrared Operations were conducted last night to map hot spots and the fire perimeter.  The acreage of the fire was reduced due to the increased accuracy of the mapping method conducted by the flight.   Minimal fire activity occurred today on the Shamrock Fire. Some smoke may have been observed from some minor torching of the fuels remaining inside the green […]
  • Actualización del incendio de Poso – 12 de junio de 2021 EL RITO, NM – 12 de junio de 2021 – Los administradores de incendios piensan implementar el día de hoy igniciones manuales en el borde norte del perímetro del fuego. Este se realizará de modo conjunto con las igniciones aéreas en curso. Este incendio se encuentra en un punto crucial, en el cual la conexión de las áreas en llamas mantendrá el incendio dentro de las líneas de contención preparadas. El área que rodea al fuego ya ha tenido incendios forestales, así como la quema recomendada. Una vez completadas […]
  • June 12, 2021 6:30 p.m.  Straight Creek Fire 80 percent contained SILVERTHORNE, Colo. – Firefighters reached 80 percent containment on the 8-acre Straight Creek Fire today, with full containment expected tomorrow.  Fifty firefighters made steady progress strengthening containment lines and mopping up through the significant amount of dead and down trees in the burn area.  No aircraft were used in today’s operations. The Two Hot Shot crews will remain on the fire through tomorrow. Local crews will continue to monitor the Straight Creek Fire following full containment. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Forest Service has issued […]
  • Start date: June 11, 2021           Cause: Unknown             Size: Approximately 200+ acres               Containment: 0% Location: Pecos Wilderness, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 2 miles east of Hamilton Mesa and 6 air miles northwest of the village of Upper Rociada. Fuels: Spruce/fir at 11,000 feet elevation. Insect infestation, primarily the spruce beetle, has killed a lot of trees in the area, which is likely to provide ample fuel and generate significant smoke. Resources:  10-person crew, a Type 3 helicopter and a Type 2 helicopter. A Type 2 Incident Management Team will take command […]
  • NEW Go Status turns to Set The area of Bellevue, including Simpson Lake, Mcspadden Ranch, Ioli Ranch and surrounding area may return to “set” in the ready, set, go model. The evacuation status of several other communities have been rolled back as conditions in those arts of the fire area are improving. Miami Block – Set to ReadyClaypool Block – Set to Ready Central Heights North – Set to Ready Central Heights South – Set to Ready Globe – Set to Ready Six Ice – Go to Set” Pinto/Carlotta block to the list from SET to READY All evacuation status changes may be seen […]
  • Containment increases; Excessive heat and fire potential persist Mescal Fire Daily Update June 12, 2021 Ko’ Ba Nagoni i’ Acres: 72,250 acres Cause: Under Investigation Containment: 82% Total personnel: 342 Start Date: Monday, June 1, 2021 Location:  12 mi SE of Globe, AZ; 7 mi NE of Dripping Springs, AZ Fuels: Desert Brush, Oak, and grass Overview: Crews on the Mescal Fire continue to monitor and patrol the fire’s perimeter and interior hot spots. Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has reopened Highway 60 to all vehicle traffic. The communities of Beverly Hills, T 11 Ranch, El Capitan and Skill Center […]
  • Temporary Flight Restrictions include the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones. Drones can interfere with wildland fire air traffic. If a drone is spotted near a wildfire, firefighting aircraft must land due to safety concerns. All wildfires are "no drone zones." If you fly, we

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