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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Coconino County Emergency Fire Ban includes fireworks

Firework Ban

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — As the Independence Day weekend approaches, Coconino County reminds residents and visitors that the use of fireworks is prohibited by current fire restrictions issued by the Coconino County Board of Supervisors.   

On April 28, the County Board of Supervisors imposed a ban on open burning in unincorporated areas of the County to protect land from dangerous wildfires. Included in that ban is the use of consumer fireworks, other pyrotechnic displays, all open fires and campfires. These fire restrictions are in line with the United States Forest Service restrictions applicable throughout the State of Arizona. Active forest fires have already occurred throughout the County likely due to illegal campfires and other restricted measures.   

The use of fireworks is prohibited on all federally and state managed lands, including national forests, and on private lands in unincorporated territory within Coconino County.  

“Wildfires and post-wildfire flooding are two of the greatest threats to our community,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Liz Archuleta. “Residents and visitors should be mindful that Coconino County is actively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and that an added emergency would seriously strain our response capacity. We can all celebrate Independence Day by keeping our communities safe from fire.”  

Any person found to violate the April 28 proclamation is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor. Residents and visitors are always encouraged to check for current fire restrictions. 

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors urges all residents and visitors to celebrate the Fourth of July safely and responsibly. Continue to practice the recommended public health practices including wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing, and washing hands frequently.  

 

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