Flagstaff, AZ – Smoke in the Flagstaff area is from the Boundary fire due to a prevailing Northwest wind moving into the City. As the temperature rises the smoke will also rise. The forecast calls for Northwest winds to continue through the weekend and smoke will again move into the city as temperatures drop at night. Flagstaff typically experiences a prevailing Southwest wind that would push smoke to the North of the City.
The Kendrick Mountain lightning caused wildfire known as the Boundary Fire is currently 12, 627 acres with 340 fire personnel working the area; however, there are no Flagstaff Fire personnel currently assigned to this fire. The fire is 58% contained with an anticipated containment date of July 15, 2017. For more fire information visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5209/ and for air quality http://www.phoenixvis.net/PPMmain.aspx.
As a reminder, the City of Flagstaff implemented Sage 2 Fire Restrictions on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. and Stage 1 Fire Restrictions have been in effect since June 15.
Stage One includes the following:
- No permits are issued for open burning within the City of Flagstaff.
- Use of charcoal barbecue grills is prohibited at Thorpe Park, McMillan Mesa Park, McPherson Park, Buffalo Park, Observatory Mesa, Picture Canyon Natural Area and private Campgrounds.
- No smoking at Thorpe Park, McMillan Mesa Park, McPherson Park, Buffalo Park, Disc Golf Courses, Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS), Observatory Mesa or Picture Canyon Natural Area.
- Open fire pits and open flame devices (like chimineas) etc. are prohibited (even those with a spark arrestor screen) within the City of Flagstaff.
Ø Gas grills and portable gas stoves that have an on /off switch are still allowed in City parks and private campgrounds.
Stage Two includes the following:
The previous stage one restrictions remain in effect with the following additions:
- Charcoal grills are prohibited throughout the City of Flagstaff including all City Parks and private residences.
- No smoking at all remaining City parks and along the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS).
Ø Portable propane fire-ring type devices are prohibited in City Parks, but all other gas grills and portable gas stoves that have an on / off switch are still allowed in City parks and private campgrounds.