Prescott Forest ramps up fire restrictions Wednesday
Prescott National Forest officials will increase seasonal fire-use restrictions Wednesday.
New regulations that come with the stage II restrictions include a prohibition against all motorized vehicles on all forest trails and off-highway vehicle staging areas, such as Alto Pit just west of Prescott.
This national forest always prohibits motorized travel off roads and trails.
Also new is a complete prohibition of all fires and smoking in the entire Horsethief Basin area next to Crown King, about 30 miles south of Prescott.
Prescott Forest officials will prohibit welding and other torches, as well as chainsaws and other machinery with internal combustion engines, throughout the forest.
Stage I fire restrictions have been in effect on the Prescott National Forest since May 23.
They already prohibit any open flames outside of developed recreation sites (named campgrounds and day-use areas). The restrictions prohibit campfires, tiki lights and candles outside of campgrounds.
Forest officials also are prohibiting smoking unless people are in vehicles, buildings or developed recreation sites.
The prohibition includes all of the approximately 115 dispersed campsites in the Prescott Basin that are marked with numbers but not part of a campground.
Local fire departments, the state, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management also have fire-use restrictions in place on private and public lands until monsoon rains bring plentiful moisture.
For details about various fire restrictions throughout the state, call 877-864-6985 or see the Internet at www.azfireinfo.com.
For details about Prescott fire restrictions, see its Web site at cityofprescott.net/services/fire.