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IMPORTANT: Fire Restrictions Ramped Up to Stage II
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03 May 2018  

If you’re in Arizona, just assume the fire restrictions are at least at Stage II. It will be easier and safer that way.

Prescott National Forest

PRESCOTT, AZ (May 2, 2018) – Due to increasing fire danger the Prescott National Forest will implement Stage II fire restrictions effective Friday, May 4th, at 8 a.m. These additional fire restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire.

Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:

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

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

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

4. Operating any internal combustion engine between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chain saws must have an operational spark arresting device.

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

Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:

1. Using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

2. Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle (enclosed RV cabinet) or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.

3. Operating motorized vehicles in compliance with forest Travel Management regulations.

“Despite the recent, short-lived rain event, the conditions across Arizona and especially on the Prescott National Forest continue to worsen. This rain will only have positive impacts measured in days, not weeks. By this weekend, weather is expected to warm quickly and will be dry. Most fire behavior indicators are setting records and the live vegetation is exhibiting signs of drought stress. Elevating the fire restrictions is necessary to decrease the likelihood of unwanted human fires. They don’t prevent a fire caused by someone deliberately ignoring the rules and conditions, nor do they prevent a fire caused by someone who is simply unaware of the conditions. Therefore, we ask everyone to pay attention to activities and conditions that are likely to cause a spark or wildfire”, said Pete Gordon, Fuels, Fire & Aviation Staff Officer.

The public can obtain fire information via the following:

· Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

STATE LANDS IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA AND COCONINO COUNTY GO INTO STAGE II FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Phoenix, AZ (4/30/18) - Come Tuesday, May 1st, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management will implement Stage II Fire Restrictions across all Southern Arizona state-owned and managed lands.

Restrictions will impact Cochise, Greenlee, Graham, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties.

On Friday, May 4th, DFFM will place Coconino County, south of the Grand Canyon, in Stage II Fire Restrictions also.

Under Stage II restrictions, no campfires will be allowed at all. Fireworks and target shooting are never allowed on Arizona state lands.

“The Department of Forestry and Fire Management has been prepositioning crews across the state, so we have the ability to provide initial attack faster. With that, we must impose stronger fire restrictions as fire activity gains momentum across Arizona,” said State Forester Jeff Whitney.

The Coronado National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Saguaro National Park, among many other agencies, will also be going into Stage II Fire Restrictions on Tuesday.

The Coconino National Forest will also be implementing Stage II restrictions on Friday as well.

Restrictions apply to the following state-owned and state-managed lands within the above-mentioned counties including:

  • • All State Trust lands outside incorporated municipalities.
  • • All Game and Fish Commission Wildlife areas and department properties outside incorporated municipalities.
  • • All State Parks outside incorporated municipalities – State Parks will remain open with campfires allowed in developed campgrounds.
  • • All Department of Transportation highway, right-of-way property outside incorporated municipalities, not owned by federal land management agencies.

City of Prescott & CAFMA

Lynne LaMaster

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