Supervisor Ryan suggested we advocate to the State to close down campfires on state lands. It’s very difficult, if not impossible, for firefighters to take COVID precautions while fighting a fire.
As of Wednesday at 5 p.m., the Forest Service has restricted the use of fires on all National Forests in Arizona. The City of Flagstaff followed suit on Thursday, imposing Stage 2 fire restrictions. Supervisor Ryan said the County also would be acting this week to restrict fires on private property.
Many of our neighborhoods are adjacent to State Land, especially around University Heights and the Country Club neighborhoods.
Suggested Script: “I’m a resident of _____ (be specific about your neighborhood if you are adjacent to State Land and add “I live adjacent to State Land”) and I’m calling out of concern for our firefighters during the pandemic. It’s very difficult, if not impossible, for firefighters to take COVID precautions while fighting a fire, so we should reduce the chances of fires. Our local governments and the National Forests in Northern Arizona have already restricted campfires. Please do the same for state lands.”
As always, the Governor’s office is a place to call and email to request that campfires be banned on State Lands.
Governor Ducey: Email Link 602-542-4331
Also worth trying:
Arizona State Land Department land.az.gov
Commissioner Lisa A. Atkins (602) 542-4631
Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management dffm.az.gov
Director: David Tenney
Public Affairs Officer: Tiffany Davita(602) 771-1400
Office of the State Fire Marshal
Arizona Division of Emergency Managementdema.az.govActing Director: Anthony Cox(602) 244-0504