Fire restrictions lifted for parts of Yavapai County

The Central Fire Ban Area is depicted in brown. The Eastern Fire Ban Area is blue; the Southern Fire Ban Area is green and the Northern Fire Ban Area is purple.

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The Central Fire Ban Area is depicted in brown. The Eastern Fire Ban Area is blue; the Southern Fire Ban Area is green and the Northern Fire Ban Area is purple.

As of 8 a.m. today, July 26, Yavapai County has lifted its fire restrictions for the Central Fire Zone, which includes Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Jerome, Groom Creek, Walker, Crown King, and Central Arizona Fire and Medical.

Denny L. Foulk, Yavapai County emergency manager, reports that the Central Fire Zone has received significant moisture. The moisture received, however, hasn’t been consistent over greater portions and lower elevations of the county. Fire conditions remain in the southern, northern, and eastern Yavapai County fire zones.

Monsoon rains are forecast for today, with a slight drying trend for Wednesday and Thursday, and increasing moisture through the weekend. Fire bans are jurisdictional and each fire district may set the limits of their fire ban or stage restrictions.

Fire bans remain in place for Mayer Fire District, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Sedona, Montezuma Rimrock, Paulden, Ash Fork, Seligman, Yarnell, Skull Valley, Peeples Valley, Congress, Wilhoit, Wickenburg Rural, and Black Canyon City.

Debbie Maneely, Prescott National Forest public affairs officer, reminds forest visitors that the potential for wildfires still exists.

“Please use caution with campfires and other potential ignition sources,” Maneely said.

The recent precipitation and higher humidity will help decrease the risk of wildfires, and county officials and fire managers will continue their evaluation of conditions.