Fire Restrictions to be Implemented Friday, August 14th on the Prescott NF Due to Lack of Rain

Release Date: 

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions extended through December 31, 2020


PRESCOTT, AZ, August 12, 2020 - Due to lack of monsoon precipitation and key criteria being met for restrictions, the Prescott National Forest will enter Stage I Fire Restrictions on Friday, August 14th at 8 a.m.  The goal of the fire restrictions is to protect public health by reducing the number of preventable human-caused wildfires. 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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations. 36 C.F.R. § 261.58(m).


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:


  1. 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.
  2. Persons using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.
  3. Persons using a stove fire in a designated area.

Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescueor firefighting force in the performance of official duty.


With no significant moisture predicted in the long-term forecast, additional restrictions may be implemented as conditions warrant. Fire managers are assessing conditions daily, and coordinating efforts with neighboring local, state, and federal partners.



This area only affects National Forest System lands within the boundary of the Prescott National Forest.


Fires are allowed in metal fire rings and/or metal pedestal grills provided by the Forest Service in the following developed recreation sites only:


Prescott National Forest - 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 Day-Use & Horse Campground
  • White Spar Campground
  • Hilltop Campground
  • Thumb Butte Day-Use 
  • Ranch Trailhead #62




  • None


Prescott National Forest - VERDE RANGER DISTRICT

  • Mingus Mountain Campground
  • Mingus Vista Day-Use
  • Sycamore Cabin Rental
  • White Bridge Day-Use 
  • Potato Patch Campground
  • Black Canyon Day Use
  • Skidmore Day Use
  • Bignottii Day Use
  • Beasley Flat Day-Use
  • Summit Day-Use
  • Mingus Picnic Day-Use
  • Copper Canyon Trailhead



The public can obtain fire information via the following: