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1:44 AM Wed, Sept. 19th

Firefighters work to contain fire south of Lynx Lake

Prescott National Forest, Central Yavapai and City of Prescott firefighters are working Wednesday to contain a fire about four miles south of Lynx Lake, Prescott National Forest Spokeswoman Debbie Maneely said.

The Green Gate Fire was reported at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 on private property about 4 miles south of Lynx Lake.

"It's still at five acres, we're still fighting the fire and making sure it doesn't spread in this windy weather," Maneely said.

When firefighters arrived they found steep slopes, heavy fuels and numerous snags, Maneely noted.

Due to forecasted red-flag warnings of strong winds and low relative humidity, firefighters are taking aggressive action to secure the perimeter, Maneely said.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

The Prescott National Forest would like to remind people that fire restrictions are in effect for the entire Prescott National Forest, Maneely said.

• Campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires (wood, charcoal, and coal burning) are prohibited on all Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails; except within developed recreation sites where grills and campfire rings are provided. (The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices is allowed providing such devices meet the fire under writer's specifications for safety).

• Smoking is prohibited except within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or developed recreation sites where the area is cleared of all flammable material.

• Campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed sites within the Prescott Basin. Metal posts identify designated dispersed sites with a number.

• Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands.