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Tucson, AZ - Effective Friday, July 9, 2021, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, and Tumacácori National Historical Park will lift all fire restrictions in southeastern Arizona. Due to widespread precipitation across the area, fuel moisture levels have increased decreasing the likelihood of wildfire. Additional rain is expected and fire officials have rescinded campfire and grill restrictions.
Fireworks are always prohibited in national parks.
Visitors are reminded to always practice fire safety:
- Before going hiking or camping, check with public land management agencies for fire regulations, restrictions, or area closures.
- Metal fire rings or grills should be used where present. Wood placed on a fire should never exceed the size of the grill or fire ring.
- If building a fire on the ground (in areas where permitted), a location should be selected which is away from adjoining or overhanging flammable material, and the ground beneath and around the fire should be cleared of all flammable materials. On windy days fires should be avoided if possible.
- If you have a campfire, make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving the area. Fires should be doused with water and dirt and stirred with a shovel until completely cold to the touch.
- If you are using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels. Prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.
- Cigarettes should never be thrown out the window of a vehicle. Always use an ashtray to prevent wildfires.
- Practice Leave No Trace principles - pack out cigarette butts and burned materials from your camping area.
- Never park a vehicle over dead grass; the catalytic converter can ignite the vegetation.
Fire conditions as well as localized closures and restrictions are subject to change. Because tribal, federal, state, and local mandates are different, they may have some differences in their year-round regulations and restriction notices.
For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please contact the nearest land management agency office where you plan to work or play, visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov or call the toll-free Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline at 1-877-864-6985.
Last updated: July 9, 2021