Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to be Implemented on Friday, May 14th on the Prescott National Forest

The Prescott National Forest will enter Stage I Fire Restrictions on Friday, May 14, at 8 a.m.  The goal of the fire restrictions is to protect public health by reducing the number of preventable human-caused wildfires. Restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire.

Stage I fire restrictions prohibit the following:

  • Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes outside a fire structure that is provided by the Forest Service within a designated area. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a).
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three (3) feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(d).
  • Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations. 36 C.F.R. § 261.58(m).

Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:  Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. §261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from the provisions in this Order:

  • Holders of Forest Service Special Use Authorizations are exempt from Prohibition #1 above, provided such fires are within a fire structure and they are within their permitted area.
  • Persons using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.
  • Persons using a stove fire in a designated area.
  • Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty.

To view Forest Order 03-09-00-21-275: Prescott National Forest Emergency Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, please go to Alerts & Notices.

Know Before You Go! The public can obtain current state and federal fire restrictions information across Arizona on the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information website .  The map is a culmination of work from federal, state, and local agencies who hope to explain to the public where it is safe to have fires and where it’s not. The map shows all fire restrictions in New Mexico and Arizona, regardless of jurisdiction.

AREA DESCRIPTION

This area only affects National Forest System lands within the boundary of the Prescott National Forest.

The following is a comprehensive list of the DESIGNATED AREAS, as referenced in Prohibition #1.  Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes, is only allowed within a fire structure (metal fire rings and/or metal pedestal grills) provided by the Forest Service at the following developed recreation areas:

Prescott National Forest – BRADSHAW RANGER DISTRICT, 928-443-8000

  • Alto Pit OHV Campground and Day-Use
  • Cayuse Equestrian Trailhead Day-Use
  • Eagle Ridge Group Campground
  • Groom Creek Horse Campground
  • Hilltop Campground
  • Lower Wolf Creek Campground
  • Lynx Creek Ruin Day-Use
  • Lynx Campground
  • Lynx Lake North Shore Day-Use
  • Lynx Lake South Shore Day-Use
  • Spruce Mountain Picnic Area
  • Playa Day-Use
  • Ranch Trailhead #62
  • Thumb Butte Day-Use
  • Upper Wolf Creek Group Campground
  • Wekuvde Day-Use
  • White Spar Campground
  • Yavapai Campground

Prescott National Forest – VERDE RANGER DISTRICT, 928-567-4121

  • Beasley Flat Day-Use
  • Bignotti Day-Use
  • Black Canyon Day-Use
  • Copper Canyon Trailhead
  • Mingus Mountain Campground
  • Mingus Picnic Day-Use
  • Mingus Vista Day-Use
  • Playground Group Campground
  • Potato Patch Campground
  • Powell Springs Campground
  • Skidmore Day-Use
  • Summit Day-Use
  • Sycamore Cabin Rental
  • White Bridge Day-Use

For information on the Prescott National Forest, check out the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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