Arizona national forests to ban campfires to aid coronavirus resources
Apr 21, 2020, 3:15 PM | Updated: Apr 22, 2020, 7:22 am
PHOENIX — Campfires at the six national forests in Arizona will be banned through June to avoid the use of fire and medical resources for human-caused wildfires amid the coronavirus outbreak.
People will not be able to ignite a campfire or use charcoal grills, barbecues and coal and wood-burning stoves beginning Wednesday at 5 p.m. and lasting until June 30.
“While we know that going outside provides forest and grassland visitors needed space, exercise and satisfaction, we are taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously,” Acting Regional Forester Elaine Kohrman said in a press release.
“We are providing some recreation opportunities where we can while protecting and keeping employees, the public and our communities safe from the virus and unwanted human-caused wildfires,” she added.
Those who violate the ban could face fines, jail time and an appearance in federal court.
Pressurized liquid or gas devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) with shut-off valves can still be used, according to the release, in an area at least 3 feet from flammable materials.