Coconino County Board of Supervisors Approves Updates to Wildfire Defense Ordinance



FLAGSTAFF – During a public hearing on March 19, 2024, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors (Board) voted unanimously to approve modifications to the Wildfire Defense Ordinance.

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Ordinance 2024-01 replaces a 2022 ordinance with updated language and definitions. The new ordinance also better aligns with rules and regulations of regional partners, such as the US Forest Service.

“After receiving valuable community feedback regarding the 2022 ordinance, we brought together our public safety partners and the Coconino County Attorney’s Office to take a critical look at ways to improve the ordinance. Together, we proposed changes that place emphasis on preparedness, such as creating defensible space, while maintaining the requirements needed to help reduce the likelihood of wildfires,” said Tim Carter, Deputy Director of Coconino County Emergency Management.

Reducing the risk of wildfire, particularly in urban wildland interface areas, is a critical safety measure property owners can take to protect their homes and property. For more information on how to protect their property, residents can contact their local fire district, or visit the National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org.

“The revisions to the ordinance may seem simple, but they will enhance how our community members are informed about wildfire preparedness and awareness of fire restrictions in our neighborhoods and recreational areas,” said Jeronimo Vasquez, Chair of the Board and Supervisor for District 2. “The verbiage is clear and concise, and I look forward to the ordinance’s implementation.”

Information on the new ordinance can be found on Coconino County’s website at www.coconino.az.gov/firerestrictions.

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