Fire and Aviation
For current Prescott National Forest fire information (prescribed fire, wildfires, closures and restrictions), call (928) 777 5799.
The Prescott Interagency Dispatch Center is the communications and logistical support center for wildland firefighting in central and western Arizona.
For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona, call toll free (877) 864 6985.
National Interagency Fire Center - Located in Boise, Idaho, is the nationwide clearinghouse for information on current wildland fire status and national situation reports.
Wildland Fire Information
InciWeb - Where you can find information about wildland fires across the United States
Prescribed burning is one of the most effective tools for restoring healthy ecosystems and meeting desired resource outcomes. It is also the most cost-effective method. (MORE)
Fire is a natural part of many ecosystems on the Prescott National Forest; however, wildfires that ignite in certain conditions--such as the hot, dry windy days preceeding the monsoon rains that usually start in July--can be catastrophic. Prevention, as they say, is the best medicine. (MORE)
Wildland Urban Interface
The Prescott National Forest is actively involved with the Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission, which is known nationally for its progressive actions in mitigating many of the problems that are caused by America's encroachment into forested areas.
Prescott Helitack is an 8-person wildland firefighting helicopter crew based on the Prescott National Forest in Central Arizona. The crew provides initial attack and large fire support... (MORE)
Since 1973 when the crew first received Type I status it has gone through many changes with equipment, technology, and training, however the overall job of a Hotshot has not changed. The Prescott Hotshots still remains as an elite, professional, and outstanding crew of Wildland Firefighters. (MORE)