Shortly after 8pm Tuesday evening, multiple callers reported a fully involved structure fire near 3500 N State Route 89 in Oak Creek Canyon. Responding firefighters encountered a fully involved cabin with fire spreading to nearby brush and trees.
“Due to the remote location, access and water supply proved difficult while battling this fire,” said Fire Marshal Jon Davis.
First arriving units recognized the challenging nature of the fire and immediately requested additional resources from the United States Forest Service (USFS).
“The added resources from the USFS really helped,” said Davis, “they allowed us to focus the majority of our resources on the structure while they assisted with the brush fire.”
Mop up at the structure and in the surrounding vegetation lasted well into the night with some crews remaining on scene until morning. There were no injuries reported and Sedona Fire District Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.
“The cabin is a total loss,” said the Fire Marshal, “We are just really lucky that the
fire happened when it did. Had it occurred during the Red Flag Warning we are expecting
tomorrow this could have turned into a catastrophic event. I cannot overemphasize the caution and vigilance that people need to excersize while enjoying our amazing natural resources.”
Submitted by Sedona Fire District
As of May 4th, the Sedona Fire District is currently in Stage II Fire Restrictions. These restrictions prohibit all open fires, fire pits and campfires. During the period of fire
restrictions, no burn permits will be issued and existing burn permits are hereby suspended.
Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are prohibited, unless permitted by the Fire Marshal. These restrictions also prohibit the outdoor use of equipment that generates sparks or open flames. This restricts the outdoor use of welding equipment, grinders and chain saws. Commercial operators may apply for a hot work permit through the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Cooking on propane grills and the use of UL listed, natural gas or propane flame producing
heating/warming appliances is still allowed provided that the appliance is located at least 10 feet from combustible materials. Cooking devices that do not generate sparks or open flames are allowed only at private residences so long as they are covered with a tight fitting and lid clear of all surrounding flammable materials.
THE FOLLOWING IS PROHIBITED THROUGHOUT THE ENIRETY OF THE SEDONA
Open fires or campfires utilizing solid fuels. (except using a device that is solely fueled
by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or liquid natural gas (LNG) fuels that can be turned on
and off in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable
materials within three feet of the device).
Smoking (except within an enclosed vehicle or building).
Using an explosive.
Possessing, discharging, or using any type of firework or pyrotechnic device.
Operating a chainsaw or any other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine
from the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except generators with an approved spark arresting
device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all
overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator).