Originally Published: May 2, 2018 5:53 a.m.
The Prescott National Forest, along with all local entities, will enact Stage 2 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Friday, May 4.
This includes the 42 square miles of the City of Prescott, the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County not protected by fire districts or area fire departments, and the 248 square miles of the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA). The CAFMA covers the towns of Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley and Paulden.
CAFMA’s jurisdiction also applies to areas surrounding the City of Prescott, such as Williamson Valley, upper Copper Basin Road, the Mountain Club area, Ponderosa Park off of White Spar Road, the Senator Highway area of Karen Drive, Sweet Acres, Oak Knoll Village, and the areas of Government Canyon and Diamond Valley south of Prescott.
The implementation of fire restrictions normally occurs based on a combination of factors that are carefully measured, according to the Prescott National Forest website. These include current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.
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.
Violations of these restrictions is punishable by fines and possible jail time.
“These restrictions will stay in effect until we receive significant rain throughout the area to justify lifting these restrictions,” said CAFMA Fire Marshall Rick Chase.
For more information on the restrictions, refer to the following:
City of Prescott website: www.prescott-az.gov/services/fire/
CAFMA website: www.cazfire.org
Prescott National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/prescott
Arizona Fire Prevention and Information: http://wildlandfire.az.gov/
Public Lands in Arizona: www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or call 1-877-864-6985
Bradshaw Ranger District 928-443-8000, Chino Valley Ranger District 928-777-2200, Camp Verde Ranger District 928-567-4121.