Continued Partial Area Closure and Stage II Restrictions on the Prescott National Forest

Release Date: Jun 5, 2018  

Contact(s): Debbie Maneely: 928-443-8130


Due to increasing drought conditions, very high fire danger and public safety concerns, the Prescott National Forest implemented an area closure on a portion of the Bradshaw Ranger District at 8:00 am on Friday, June 1st. Areas outside of the closure remain in Stage II Fire Restrictions.

The closure addresses areas relatively inaccessible to firefighters with large expanses of dry chaparral vegetation and few completed hazardous fuel treatments. The closure is being enforced with increased presence by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Game and Fish and US Forest Service Law enforcement.

Resources have arrived from out of area to aid in increased fire prevention patrols across the entire forest with a focus on the open areas of the Forest which remain under Stage II Fire Restrictions. To date, restrictions and patrols have been effective with 19 accidental/negligent human caused ignitions successfully suppressed for a total of 2.45 acres across the forest. Over the weekend they issued 5 – Closure Violations, 5 – Smoking Violations and 1 – Shooting Violation.

All developed campgrounds, day-use recreation sites and designated dispersed camping sites on the Bradshaw Ranger District are currently open to the public. The only developed recreation sites closed on the Bradshaw Ranger District are in the Horsethief Basin Recreation Area south of Crown King. Visit our forest website for a list of What’s Open/What’s Closed.

Current closures and fire restrictions will remain in place until sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce the risk of wildfire. Forest Leadership will continue to evaluate the need for additional closures.

Violating any fire restrictions carries a mandatory appearance in federal court, punishable as a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or up to six months in prison.

 

The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:





https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/prescott/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD582719