Fire ban remains in place

On Friday, July 8, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputies responded to several calls of target shooting in Yavapai County.

YCSO reminds residents and visitors that a Stage 1 Fire Ban remains in effect for the Prescott National Forest and incorporated areas of Yavapai County, along with all local fire departments and districts.

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 for businesses however, can be requested. The determination includes the following Fire Ban Zones: All of Yavapai County to include the Central Zone, Southern Zone, Northern Zone, and Eastern Zone.

Yavapai County fire ban information can be obtained at www.regionalinfo-alert.org or www.facebook.com/YCOEM. Know before you go - for current information on fire restrictions, closures or wildfires on the Prescott National Forest.

Check current fire information and restrictions atwww.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or at www.firerestrictions.us or call 1-877-864-6985.

Yavapai County and Forest Service officials continue to evaluate conditions, but with a lack of rain in the forecast, the fire restrictions will remain.

As always, target shooting is never permitted on State Trust Land.

Please visit the following link from the Prescott National Forest for further details: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/prescott/news-events/