PRESCOTT AZ (July 6, 2012) – Prescott National Forest fire officials would like to remind the community and forest visitors that Stage II Fire Restrictions remain in effect. While recent isolated rainfall has brought much needed temporary relief to the area, overall conditions across the forest remain unseasonably dry.
All Arizona campgrounds and recreation sites are currently open to the public, but the Emergency Fire Closure near Crown King, site of the recent Gladiator Fire, is still in effect. All trails, roads and lands in the burned area of the Gladiator Fire remain closed including Senator Highway (County Road 56) at the junction of Forest Road 89 south to Forest Road 362 (Hooper Saddle).
The following fire restrictions remain in effect without exception for the entire Prescott National Forest:
- The use of campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires (wood, charcoal, and coal burning) are prohibited on all Prescott National Forest lands. This now includes developed campsites and campgrounds.
- Use of explosives is prohibited.
- Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
- Operating a chainsaw, or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. During acceptable hours, please have 5-10 ft. clearance around your generators and other internal combustible engines.
- Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame is prohibited.
- Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun is prohibited except while engaged in a lawful hunt.
- The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices is allowed, providing such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.
The public is reminded that fireworks and operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working condition are always prohibited on all national forest lands.
The Prescott National Forest is a 1.25 million acre United States National Forest located in north central Arizona near the city of Prescott. The forest is located in the mountains southwest of the city of Flagstaff, north of the city of Phoenix, in two Arizona counties, Yavapai and Coconino.
For current information on fire restrictions, closures or wildfires on the Prescott National Forest , call 928-777-5799. For further information about fire restrictions on public lands in Arizona and New Mexico , call toll free 1-877-864-6985 or visit http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/. The SedonaEye.com will provide updates as received.