From Campfires Limited:
We, at Campfires Limited, are pleased with the Forest Service’s creation of a “safe zone” banning campfires permanently in a large area including Schultz Pass and forest lands on the eastern and southern sides of the mountain. Although it is not the May 1 to monsoons ban that we wanted, we count it as a welcome victory, one which probably came only as a result of all of our letters and efforts by the editorial board of the Arizona Daily Sun. It came too late to save the Schultz burn area, but this campfire ban will offer an increased degree of safety for the City of Flagstaff and for those of us who live in North Peak, Macann, Timberline and Wupatki Trails. We hope that we can convince the Forest Service to increase this “safe zone” to include other areas on the east and west sides of the Peaks. We would like to see the mountain better protected.
Campfires Limited will continue to push for our proposed seasonal campfire ban as well as other ways to keep our forest and community safer. We are interested in creating a citizens advisory panel to the Forest Service, in having equipment requirements (shovel, 2 gallons of water and detergent) for those who choose to have campfires, in having citizen volunteer patrols, in assuring large fines for having illegal campfires, in initiating a mandatory campfire ban on Red Flag warning days, and in having the ranger stations staffed on weekends when the forest gets the most use.
We will try to initiate a working relationship with the Forest Service, one in which the voices of the people who live here are heard and given more weight. It is sad that the Forest Service is seen by many to be the enemy, when together we have the ability to help each other and make this a better safer place to live and recreate.
To all of you who have written letters to the Forest Service, keep ’em coming! Bombard them with your good ideas. Keep sending your letters to the editor of the local paper, which will keep our campaign in the public eye. Remember this is our forest, and the Forest Service works for us.
From Arizona Daily Sun: Campfires Banned in Dry Lake Hills