Fire Safety Reminder

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


The Prescott National Forest would like to remind visitors that Fire Restrictions are not currently in effect.  However, vegetation is dry in places and wildfires can easily be ignited where conditions and available vegetation is aligned. Unattended campfires are still the leading human cause of wildfire. Visitors who plan to enjoy campfires should carry enough extra water to be used specifically to extinguish campfires; avoid building fires on windy days; use metal grills and fire rings where provided; otherwise choose campfire sites carefully which are devoid of vegetation above, below or around the fire site; maintain small fires with no fuel protruding from the grill or fire ring and ensure all fires and smoking materials are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving them for any reason.  (Drown with water, stir, drown and continue until cold. “Smothering” a fire with dirt is not sufficient to put the fire “dead out.”)  Cigarette butts should be placed in ashtrays.  

 

“Across much of Arizona’s mid to high elevations, conditions are nothing like we saw last year or much of the last couple of decades under drought conditions.  The conditions associated with high fire intensity on the Prescott National Forest are still below average and the Forest is in great shape thanks to the abundant winter moisture and the rainfall we experienced in May,” said Pete Gordon, Prescott NF Fuels, Fire and Aviation Staff Officer.  “Activity at lower elevations where the temperatures are higher, grasses are carrying fires readily and activity started to pick up last week.  We could easily experience similar rapid moving fires if we see dry and windy conditions where grasses are available.  Despite the welcome relief in what has been many years of extreme fire danger, we still need to remain vigilant and recognize there is always a potential for a wildfire, no matter the overall improvement in conditions.  All the common sense rules still apply:  ensure campfires are completely extinguished; avoid welding fence or using bladed mowers on dry and windy days; secure safety tow chains; and of course exploding targets, fireworks, and other incendiary devices are always illegal on Forest Service land.”

 

Know before you go. Be sure to check with your local fire department on specific fire restriction in your neighborhood and become familiar with the fire restrictions that exist across Yavapai County and Arizona State Lands.  Visitors can check for current fire information and restrictions at www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov  or at www.firerestrictions.us or call 1-877-864-6985.

 

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