Prescott National Forest Implements Stage I Fire Restrictions on May 22

Release Date: May 17, 2013   Prescott, Arizona

Contact: Debbie Maneely, (928) 8130

Campfire and smoking restrictions will go into effect on the Prescott National Forest Wednesday, May 22, at 8:00 a.m. Forest managers have determined that key trigger points have been reached to warrant taking these restrictive actions. These include rapid drying of live and dead forest vegetation, escalating fire weather conditions and increased forest visitor use.

“In anticipation of increased visitation, we want to remind visitors that we all have a role to play in preventing human-caused fires”, said Deputy Fire Staff Officer Jeff Andrews. “We work closely with local agencies to coordinate fire restrictions and fire bans; and these restrictions will help to reduce the risk of a wildfire and protect our communities”.

The following fire restrictions will be in effect for the entire Prescott National Forest:

  • Campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires (wood, charcoal, and coal burning) are prohibited on all Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails; except within developed recreation sites where grills and campfire rings are provided. (The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices is allowed providing such devices meet the fire under writer’s specifications for safety).
  • Smoking is prohibited except within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or developed recreation sites where the area is cleared of all flammable material.
  • Campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed sites within the Prescott Basin. Metal posts identify designated dispersed sites with a number.
  • Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands.

Know Before You Go! To help you understand where and when fire restrictions and possible closures exist, there are several resources available. The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:

  • Arizona Fire Restrictions: http://firerestrictions.us/az/
  • Public Lands in Arizona and New Mexico: 1-877-864-6985
  • Prescott National Forest Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799
  • Prescott National Forest Web Site: www.fs.usda.gov/prescott
  • Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valle Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121