The Prescott National Forest entered into Stage I Fire Restrictions on June 1. The following prohibitions were placed into effect for all Prescott National Forest lands:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove, except in developed recreation sites with metal fire rings or cooking grills. Forest visitors are urged to reference the Prescott National Forest website for a list of developed recreation sites allowing campfires under Stage I Fire Restrictions (https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott). These sites are also listed below.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in a developed recreation site in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
- Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal laws and regulations.
In late May and early June, the forest and adjacent lands began experiencing dry and windy conditions along with an increase in fire activity, including numerous abandoned campfires over the Memorial Day holiday.
Pete Gordon, Fuels, Fire, & Aviation Staff Officer for the Prescott National Forest said, “The dry condition of vegetation across much of the Central Highlands of Yavapai County, including the Prescott National Forest is climbing steadily above average, trending toward very high or extreme conditions.”
He added, “The winter and spring precipitation brought much-needed relief from the drought, but with it, an abundance of grasses. These grasses are now tall and curing, making them quickly available for fast-moving wildfires. We see these restrictions as an opportunity to limit the wildfire occurrence at a time when we are likely to see fires become more difficult to control, and at a time we’re likely to see competition for resources across the region.”
Gordon said the decision to implement Stage I restrictions was made with agency partners. The Prescott National Forest has worked closely with the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Yavapai County Emergency Services, and all municipal and volunteer fire departments in the Verde Valley, Prescott area and others adjacent to the forest.
Neighboring community members as well as forest visitors are encouraged to act responsibly and remain vigilant. Fires can be started by many activities taken for granted and are not just limited to careless campfires or a carelessly placed cigarette. Officials warn that people should pay attention to anything that creates heat or sparks, such as dragging tow chains, welding a corral fence or even mowing the grass where a hiding rock can cause a spark.
Wildfires are often started on private land and move into public lands, such as the Prescott National Forest. Fire managers and police remind all forest visitors that the use of exploding targets, incendiary devices and fireworks are always illegal on national forests land.
PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST DEVELOPED RECREATION SITES:
Campfires are allowed in metal fire rings and 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 & day-use
- Yavapai campground
- Cayuse Equestrian TH day-use
- Wekuvde day-use
- Groom Creek Horse campground
- Hazlett Hollow campground
- Lower Wolf Creek campground
- Upper Wolf Creek group campground
- Hilltop campground
- Lynx Lake campground
- Lynx Creek Ruin day-use
- Lynx Lake North Shore day-use
- Lynx Lake South Shore day-use
- Eagle Ridge Group campground
- Thumb Butte day-use (Group, individual and Ramada sites)
- Turney Gulch group campground
- Horsethief Cabin rental
- White Spar campground
Prescott National Forest – VERDE RANGER DISTRICT
- Mingus Mountain campground
- Playground group campground
- Potato Patch campground
- Powell Springs campground
- Beasley Flat day-use
- White Bridge day-use (Coconino NF)
- Summit day-use
- Copper Canyon trailhead
- Sycamore Cabin rental
Arizona Fire Restrictions:
Public Lands in Arizona: wildlandfire.AZ.gov or call 1-877-864-6985
Prescott National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 928-777-5799
Prescott National Forest Web Site: fs.usda.gov/prescott/
Local Ranger Stations:
Bradshaw Ranger District
Chino Valley Ranger District
Verde Ranger District