Sedona AZ (June 17, 2016) – As fire danger increases, the Sedona Fire District in conjunction with other local, state and federal agencies, implemented fire restrictions as of Wednesday, June 14, 2016 at 8:00 am. All open burn permits have been canceled.
These restrictions include all open burning. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are expressly prohibited. Other types of outdoor fires banned include those that produce open flames such as tiki lamps.
Cooking, warming and camp fires, not using wood as a fuel, charcoal or coal, are still allowed in developed, constantly attended, areas. Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heaters are allowed as long as that can be turned on and turned off (for example a gas grill). Enclosed charcoal barbeque grills are allowed, only on private property, when the grill has a tight fitting lid. When used these items must be in an enclosed area that is free of combustible materials and vegetation and be constantly attended.
The public is urged to exercise extreme caution in the use of such stoves, lanterns, heaters or grills and charcoal barbeque grills.
Sedona Fire District Fire Marshal Gary Johnson reminds everyone, “It only takes one spark on dry grass, leaves, branches or pine needles to start a wildfire. Even live trees and brush are dry enough to easily ignite. Wildfires impact recreation areas and may destroy homes and cabins, and threaten lives. Chainsaws, dragging trailer safety chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes; fireworks, abandoned campfires, and discharge of firearms are all known causes of wildfire”.
The ban also prohibits the outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark without a permit. During fire restrictions a no cost permit is required for welding and hot works operations and the use of chain saws within the Sedona Fire District. This permit is available at Sedona Fire District Fire Station #1, 2860 Southwest Drive, Monday through Thursday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Since these restrictions are expected to be in effect until the seasonal monsoon rains arrive, typically beginning in mid-July, all burn permits issued for the spring burn season are canceled.
If you any questions concerning these restrictions please contact the Sedona Fire District at (928) 282-6800.