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Area firefighters are battling two fires in the Prescott area

Prescott - June 1, 2006
Courier/Les Stukenberg
Heavy Air Tanker No. 11 drops a load of retardant at the Green Fire near Walker, east of Prescott Thursday.

Prescott - June 1, 2006 Courier/Les Stukenberg Heavy Air Tanker No. 11 drops a load of retardant at the Green Fire near Walker, east of Prescott Thursday.

One, the Green Fire, started at about 1 p.m. Thursday, approximately three miles south of Lynx Lake off Smith Ravine Road, which is southeast of Prescott.

The cause is under investigation, burning in Ponderosa pine. As of Thursday afternoon, it had consumed about 20 acres with no containment estimate, authorities said.

The Forest Service reports that current resources committed include one Type 1 Hot Shot crews, six engines, two water tenders, one Type 3 helicopter, and one fixed-wing tactical aircraft.

No structures are threatened, said Debbie Maneely, spokesperson for the Forest Service.

She added that authorities have closed the Lynx Lake South Shore and Lynx Lake for the safety of the firefighters and the public, and no evacuations have occurred.

The second fire, which was reported at about the same time as the Green Fire, was burning about two acres off Iron Springs Road, west to southwest of the Beverly Gardens Trailer Park. Authorities said it is under control and no structures are threatened.

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The entire Prescott National Forest is in Stage II Fire Restrictions:

• Campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires are prohibited on national forest lands, roads, and trails. An exception will be to allow campfires in developed recreation sites where grills and campfire rings are provided.

· Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters meeting safety specifications are allowed.

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

• Campfires at the designated dispersed sites within the Prescott Basin are prohibited. Metal posts identify designated dispersed sites with a number.

• Welding or operating of acetylene or other torches and blasting are prohibited.

• Operating a chainsaw, or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine are prohibited.

• Possessing, discharging or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device is prohibited.

• Use of explosives is prohibited.

For more information contact Debbie Maneely at (928) 443-8130.

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