The Board of Supervisors reminds everyone of the county-wide fire-use restrictions across all fire ban zones.
The county ban prohibits all open fires and campfires. Other types of outdoor fires banned are those that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are expressly prohibited.
The ban also prohibits the outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws. Variances, however, can be made.
The county ban allows cooking on charcoal barbecue grills as long as they are covered, and it will allow the use of store-bought fire pits if they also have screened covers that do not allow sparks to pass through.
Petroleum-fueled stoves or lanterns and enclosed charcoal barbeque grills operated in residential yards are exempted from this prohibition, but the public is urged to exercise extreme caution in the use of such stove, lanterns or grills.
Also, national forests within Yavapai County are under Stage II Fire restrictions. For information, call 777-5799. For additional information on public lands in Arizona and New Mexico, call toll free 1-877-864-6985 or visit http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/
For more information on the county ban, call 771-3183 or your fire department.