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Navajo County Emergency Management will be implementing countywide Stage 1 fire restrictions in Zones 1-3 starting Friday, June 16, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.


Holbrook, AZ – The Navajo County Board of Supervisors approved the implementation of Stage 1 fire restrictions throughout the county (Zones 1-3) during their meeting Tuesday morning. Navajo County will be joining the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Apache County, the City of Show Low and the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside in entering Stage 1 restrictions at 8:00 a.m. on Friday.

“We appreciate the effort and coordination from our Emergency Management team and regional partners to keep our communities and emergency responders safe,” Navajo County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jesse Thompson said. “With so many fires burning already, and the major wildfire we saw last year, we hope these restrictions add another level of safety and awareness to our region.”

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire (unless noted in the exemptions below).
  • Smoking outside of designated areas (see Exceptions for these locations)
  • Use of ANY fireworks.
  • Use of explosive targets.
  • Use of tracer round ammunition.

Exemptions:

  • Smoking is allowed within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area that is barren or cleared for at least three feet in diameter of ALL flammable material
  • Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  • Fires used only for the cooking of food or for providing warmth for human beings or recreational purposes (campfires and charcoal fires) in an area that is designated for that purpose and is barren or cleared of all debris.
  • Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
  • 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 in the performance of an official duty.
  • All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated by city ordinance.
  • Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.

*An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.

“Fire restrictions are precautionary measures that help prevent human-caused wildfires and unnecessary dangers to firefighters,” Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Fire Management Officer Gary Strickland said. “Temperatures are expected to reach record highs with increasingly dry conditions, and this creates a very high fire danger for the region.”

There are currently 17 wildfires burning across Arizona. The combined acreage burned is well above the amount we saw this time last year.

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For more information:

Contact Adam Wolfe
Navajo County Communications Manager
Office: (928) 524-4165
adam.wolfe@navajocountyaz.gov

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