Prescott National Forest Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions on Friday, July 16 at 8:00 A.M.

With scattered precipitation received across the forest, Prescott National Forest will reduce current Fire and Shooting Restrictions and enter back into Stage I Fire Restrictions on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM.  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).

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 03-09-00-21-285: Prescott National Forest Emergency Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, please visit our 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.

Fire Restrictions – Order Number: 03-09-00-21-285, Exhibit C
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:

Bradshaw Ranger District
• Alto Pit OHV Campground and Day-Use • Lynx Campground
• Yavapai Campground • Lynx Creek Ruin Day-Use
• Cayuse Equestrian TH Day-Use • Lynx Lake North Shore Day-Use
• Wekuvde Day-Use • Lynx Lake South Shore Day-Use
• Groom Creek Horse Campground • White Spar Campground
• Hilltop Campground
• Ranch Trailhead #62
• Eagle Ridge Campground

• Thumb Butte Day-Use + Group Ramada
• Lower Wolf Creek Campground
• Upper Wolf Creek Campground

• Spruce Mountain Picnic Area

Chino Valley Ranger District
• N/A

Verde Ranger District
• Mingus Mountain Campground

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

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