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Sedona Fire District Cancels Open Burn Permits

Sedona Fire EMS ArizonaSedona AZ (June 20, 2016) – As fire danger increases, the Sedona Fire District in conjunction with other local, state and federal agencies, implemented fire restrictions that began June 14, 2016. The SFD reminds everyone that ALL open burn permits have been canceled.

These restrictions include all open burning. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are expressly prohibited. Other types of outdoor fires banned include those that produce open flames such as tiki lamps.

Cooking, warming and camp fires, not using wood as a fuel, charcoal or coal, are still allowed in developed, constantly attended areas. Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heaters are allowed as long as that can be turned on and turned off (for example, a gas grill). Enclosed charcoal barbeque grills are allowed only on private property, and only if the grill has a tight fitting lid. When used, grills must be in an enclosed area free of combustible materials and vegetation, and be constantly attended and monitored.

sedona fire district red flag warningThe public is urged to exercise extreme caution using stoves, lanterns, heaters or grills and charcoal barbeque grills.

SFD Fire Marshal Gary Johnson reminds everyone, “It only takes one spark on dry grass, leaves, branches or pine needles to start a wildfire. Even live trees and brush are dry enough to easily ignite. Wildfires impact recreation areas and may destroy homes and cabins, and threaten lives. Chainsaws, dragging trailer safety chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes, fireworks, abandoned campfires, and discharge of firearms are all known causes of wildfire.”

The ban also prohibits the outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark without a permit. During fire restrictions, a no cost permit is required for welding and hot works operations and the use of chain saws within the Sedona Fire District. This permit is available at Sedona Fire District Fire Station #1, 2860 Southwest Drive, Sedona, Arizona 86336, Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Since these restrictions are expected to be in effect until the seasonal monsoon rains arrive, typically beginning in mid-July, all burn permits issued for the spring burn season are canceled.

If you any questions concerning these restrictions, contact the Sedona Fire District at (928) 282-6800.

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  1. Beth Schultz, Dallas says:


    Check out this website for fire prevention tips and teach your children well. I teach and almost all the children don’t know about Smokey the Bear like we were taught as kids. Other cultures don’t even understand about fire danger or protecting wildlife. Start teaching the basics again. Most of my children come not knowing how to flush a toilet or why one should flush a toilet and where and why it is flushed for sanitation, how to wash hands or why one should, why one doesn’t wear the same underwear for a month or more, they don’t know what wildlife is or where it lives, they don’t know why healthy vs unhealthy is preferred, why one should brush teeth, well I could go on and on but let’s stop here. Do your part to explain what parents and our culture taught us that was reinforced by our schooling. Without parents teaching at home, teachers cannot teach in the schools. We need etiquette classes and cultural introduction classes.

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