Arizona Emergency Bulletin Feed
Hobbyists flying drones impact Pinal Fire aviation operations
Thu, 25 May 2017 22:22:47 +0000

Four separate incidents involving hobbyists flying drones are hindering operations on the Pinal Fire since it was detected May 8, 2017. The fire, which is located in the Tonto National Forest Globe Ranger District near Globe, Arizona, has burned approximately 4,375 acres.

The latest drone sighting occurred May 24, 2017. An air tanker flying over the fire was forced to release its retardant at a higher altitude for safety reasons. The higher drop reduced the retardant’s effectiveness on the fire. Subsequently, aviation operations were suspended until the drone issue was resolved.

Prescott National Forest considering Stage I Fire Restrictions on Thursday, June 1st at 8:00 a.m.
Thu, 25 May 2017 21:44:24 +0000

Campfire, smoking, and shooting restrictions will likely go into effect on the Prescott National Forest on Thursday, June 1st, at 8:00 a.m. Forest managers have determined that key criteria will be reached or near enough to warrant taking these restrictive actions.  These include rapid drying of live and dead forest vegetation, escalating fire weather conditions, the potential commitment of firefighting resource across the region, and increased forest visitor use.

Red Flag Warning in effect for all of Apache Sitgreaves Nationals Forests
Thu, 25 May 2017 18:36:59 +0000

The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNINGfor today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that covers the entire Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests due to strong winds and low relative humidity. 

On a RED FLAG DAY, the following restrictions go into effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests during the advisory hours:

Memorial Day weekend on Coronado National Forest, Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in effect
Thu, 25 May 2017 17:16:42 +0000

All offices of the Coronado National Forest will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  Business will resume Tuesday, May 30, during regular operating hours.

Red Flag Warning in effect today for Kaibab and Coconino National Forests
Thu, 25 May 2017 15:28:12 +0000
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that covers the entire Kaibab and Coconino national forests, as well as much of Coconino and Apache counties, due to strong winds and low relative humidity.
Visitors to the Kaibab and Coconino national forests are advised to refrain from having a campfire when Red Flag Warning conditions exist. This advisory covers all campfires across the affected area, including in developed campgrounds.
Pinal Fire Update; Community Meeting Planned for May 25
Thu, 25 May 2017 03:04:30 +0000

The Pinal Fire is approximately 4,375 acres and is estimated 21 percent contained.

The Racetrack 2 Fire is Burning East of Tucson
Wed, 24 May 2017 22:56:03 +0000

The Racetrack 2 Fire is burning in Redington Pass, east of Tucson. Size is estimated at five acres. One Type 1 crew, three engines, and miscellaneous overhead are responding. Fire is human-caused, under investigation, burning in grass and brush.

Dry conditions trigger fire restrictions in Southeast Arizona
Wed, 24 May 2017 21:21:59 +0000

Effective Wednesday, May 24 the Bureau of Land Management Gila District, all districts of the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacácori National Historical Park, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the Arizona Division of Forestry and Fire Management will implement campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona.

Beginning May 24, 2017, and until rescinded, the following are prohibited:

Summer food safety tips
Wed, 24 May 2017 21:16:15 +0000

Summer is the time for picnics and cookouts but these outdoor activities can present food safety challenges. Bacteria in food multiply faster at temperatures between 41°F and 140°F, so following food safety guidelines during the warm summer months is especially important.

Closure order in effect for immediate area of the Snake Ridge Fire
Wed, 24 May 2017 19:53:35 +0000

A closure order is now in effect for the area of the lightning-caused Snake Ridge Fire, which fire personnel are managing above the Mogollon Rim.

The area, approximately nine miles north of Clints Well, Ariz. (north of West Clear Creek) and west of Lake Mary Road (FH 3), is closed to protect public safety.