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Prescott National Forest reduces size of Doce Fire closure

Prescott National Forest is reducing the size of the Doce Fire Temporary Closure Area today, Prescott National Forest Spokeswoman Debbie Maneely said.

Developed recreation areas at Yavapai Family Campground will reopen on Saturday, July 6 at noon, and Cayuse and Wekuvde Day-Use areas will reopen on Monday, July 8 at noon.

Granite Mountain Wilderness, Granite Basin Lake and several trails in the Granite Mountain Recreation Area will remained closed to the public until such time that conditions are deemed safe, Maneely said.

"We apologize that the closure area still remains quite large," Bradshaw District Ranger Linda Jackson said. "This was necessary in order to block the trail system at logical locations because of safety concerns with possible flood events."

Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area will remain closed to the public until further notice, because the campground is being used as base camp for firefighters and equipment.

The following Roads and Trails will remain closed:

• Trail 37 LITTLE GRANITE - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 38 UPPER PASTURE - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 39 WHITE ROCK SPRING - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 40 CLARK SPRING - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 41 CEDAR SPRINGS - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 261 GRANITE MOUNTAIN - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 308 TIN TROUGH SPRINGS - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 320 BABY GRANITE - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 345 MINT WASH - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 349 BALANCING ROCK - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 352 MINT WASH CONNECTOR - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 353 METATE CONNECTOR - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 400 AMERICAN RANCH - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 671 NORTH GRANITE - Non-Motorized Trail

• Trail 601 ALTO PIT OHV 1 - Motorized Trail - ATV

• Trail 609 ALTO PIT OHV 9 - Motorized Trail - ATV

• Trail 619 ALTO COOP - Motorized Trail - ATV

• Trail 630 BOX CULVERT - Motorized Trail - ATV

For a complete description of the closure area and map visit the Prescott National Forest website If you have questions contact the Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.

The Prescott National Forest remains under Stage II Fire Restrictions which means that the following actions are prohibited.:

• Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire, including fires in developed campgrounds and improved sites.

• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

• Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal or tribal laws and regulations.

• Operating any internal combustion engine from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame.

Know Before You Go! The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:

• Arizona Fire Restrictions

• Arizona Fire Prevention & Information

• Fire Restrictions on Public Lands in Arizona and New Mexico 1-877-864-6985

• Prescott NF Website

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