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Fires Restricted in National Parks in Southeast Arizona 


(Posted May 10, 2012 at 2:05 p.m.) The National Park Service has placed three sites in southeastern Arizona under fire restrictions.


Fires have been prohibited at Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site until July 18, 2012, unless conditions allow the restrictions to be rescinded earlier.


The prohibitions are:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire other than in a developed campsite or picnic area. Exception: The use charcoal broilers, propane or petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices is allowed so long as such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter, that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  3. Smoking while on hiking trails.
  4. Using explosives or any incendiary device; fireworks are always prohibited on public lands.
  5. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.


Pursuant to 36 CFR 1.2 (d) the following persons are exempt from this order:

  1. Persons with a National Park Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
  2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  3. Residents- owners and lessees of land, and holders of National Park Service, provided such fires are within a permanent structure. (e.g. residence)

Any violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and/or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months.


The restrictions are being implemented to protect public health and safety and to protect National Park Service lands, resources, and facilities during the current period of severe fire danger.


(Source: National Park Service)


Created at 5/10/2012 2:05 PM  by 10 
Last modified at 5/10/2012 2:05 PM  by 10