The hearts of everyone in our nation go out to those affected by the current wildfires in Arizona. For travelers headed to the Southwest, it’s important to know that these dangerous wildfires are also causing closures at the national forests and parks.
As of this writing, the Public Lands Information Center website for Arizona indicates multiple closures, including:
- Coronado National Forest
- Rincon Mountain District at Saguaro National Park
- Chiracahua National Monument
As expected, other national forests have reinstated fire restrictions to protect public health and prevent further human-caused wildfires from happening. Under these fire restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal and wood stoves are allowed only on developed campgrounds. Liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters with on/off switches are allowed. Smoking is limited to within enclosed vehicles and buildings.
You can read an example of fire restrictions at the Kaibab National Forest for more information.
Be safe out there folks!