County joins in fire ban; begins 8 a.m. today

Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Vice Chairman Rowle Simmons has signed an interim order to enact a fire ban within Yavapai County based on a determination by Yavapai County Emergency Management officials.

The implementation of fire restrictions by the following jurisdictions is imposed at 8 a.m. today, June 1: Prescott National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and local fire districts and fire departments.

The restrictions are due to recent wildland fire activity in the area and the combination of windy conditions and warmer temperatures, which are quickly drying out the tall vegetation. These conditions create the potential for a large fire event.

The fire ban covers the unincorporated areas of the county and prohibits all open fires and campfires. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are expressly prohibited.

Other types of outdoor fires banned are those that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps. 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.

For more information, visit www.regionalinfo-alert.org or www.facebook.com/YCOEM.

For current information on fire restrictions, visit: www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or www.firerestrictions.us or by calling 877-864-6985.