Inadequate Monsoon Moisture Causes Prescott NF to Reinstate Stage I Fire Restrictions

With minimal monsoon moisture received this year, Fire Managers on the Prescott NF plan to implement Stage I Fire Restrictions.  Campfire, smoking, and shooting restrictions will likely go into effect on the Prescott National Forest next week; August 12-14.  Fire Managers have determined that key criteria will be reached or near enough to warrant taking these restrictive actions.  These include lack of moisture this time of year, escalating fire weather conditions, the potential commitment of firefighting resources across the region/nation, and increased forest visitor use.

Neighboring jurisdictions and agencies with wildland fire responsibility are discussing entering into fire restrictions as part of continued collaboration in community and resource protection. We work closely with our partners to support our shared interest in fire prevention and reducing the risk of human-caused wildfires across the landscape. Such decisions and timing to implement fire restrictions is made after frequent communication with neighboring National Forests; Bureau of Land Management and other Federal Land Agencies; Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management; Yavapai County Emergency Services; and our local fire departments.

The public and Forest visitors should anticipate a decision on Monday at such time, more information will be provided.  Your firefighters appreciate your cooperation and vigilance toward the threat of unwanted wildfires.

Fire Restrictions Do Not Prevent Wildfires.  It is every camper’s responsibility to properly maintain and extinguish a campfire to prevent wildfires.

Visitors can obtain additional information by visiting the Prescott National Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/ or by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

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