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Stage II fire restrictions imposed in Show Low and across the region

Posted On: 2018-05-07 09:53 PM
From White Mountain Independent...

SHOW LOW Effective May 4, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., Stage II fire restrictions are in effect across the White Mountains including Navajo and Apache counties, the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest and the City of Show Low.

The city of Show Low has been monitoring the weather and fuel conditions very closely with members of the White Mountains Fire Restriction Coordination Group. Based on the available information, this is the most advisable course of action at this time. In accordance with City Code, Mayor Daryl Seymore issued an emergency proclamation instituting the upgraded fire restrictions. The following restrictions remain in effect until the fire danger abates and the proclamation is rescinded:

1. No building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove, including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites, on any property within the City of Show Low.

2. No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

3. No operating any internal combustion engine in the course of mechanical or industrial operations that would produce open flames or sparks.

4. No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.

5. No using an explosive.

6. No operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.

7. No using any explosive targets, no using tracer round ammunition, and no selling or using fireworks of any kind.

8. The following are exempted from these restrictions:

a. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. (This does not include open burn permits. All open burn permits will be suspended until fire restrictions are lifted.)

b. Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.

c. Persons operating internal combustion engines with spark arrestors such as lawnmowers and landscaping equipment in maintained landscape space.

d. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame in an enclosed or developed area designated for that purpose that is equipped with appropriate fire protection.

e. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

f. Operating generators with an approved spark-arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overheard and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.

g. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails so long as the vehicle is parked in an area devoid of vegetation within ten feet of the roadway.

h. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in a plan.

i. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

j. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Those persons violating this ban on fires and smoking may be charged with a class one misdemeanor and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.