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8:02 PM Sat, Sept. 22nd

Stage 2 fire restrictions remain despite rain

All areas of the Prescott National Forest not included in the partial forest closure that began at 8 a.m. Friday, June 1, are still under Stage 2 fire restrictions.

All areas of the Prescott National Forest not included in the partial forest closure that began at 8 a.m. Friday, June 1, are still under Stage 2 fire restrictions.

While the greater Prescott area did see some welcomed rain on Saturday, June 16, it remains under Stage 2 fire restrictions, said Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Fire Marshall Rick Chase.

“The effect [of Saturday’s] rain will have on our overall conditions will be short lived,” he said. “Please abide by the rules and help keep our community safe.”

•Stage 2 fire restrictions include the following:

•No burn permits will be issued – residential or commercial.

•Use of model rockets is prohibited.

•Use of fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are prohibited except by commercial special events permit.

•No smoking outside of vehicles, outside of residential yards, or outside of designated smoking areas.

•No outdoor use of firearms.

•Welding, cutting and grinding is prohibited (permission may be granted under special circumstances and repair situations as approved by a fire agency’s fire marshal).

•Chain saws are allowed with a spark arrestor, water or fire extinguisher and a fire watch.

•Warming fires, camp fires, as well as charcoal and wood burning barbecues (ember and ash producing) are prohibited in all locations. This also prohibits the use of other devices that produce open flame, such as tiki lamps.

•The use of propane, natural gas or other gas flame-producing barbeque cooking grills or fire pits may be used as long as they are constantly attended, are in an enclosed device, and can be turned off.