Prescott Forest, Yavapai County Return to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Featured

With the precipitation comes easing of fire restrictions

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  • Both Yavapai County and the Prescott National Forest announced their return to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
  • Prescott Fire and CAFMA are also joining them
  • Restrictions are listed below
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Yavapai County Returns to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions 


Effective today, Monday July 19, 2021, at 8:00 AM, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown has taken the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County back to stage 1 fire restrictions. 

Chairman Brown said, “We err on the side of caution, we follow the lead of our local forest and fire experts, and together we make the best decisions we can.  After several discussions with our Emergency Manager, I have ordered the stage 2 and fire ban lifted from Yavapai County. We will remain in stage 1 fire restrictions for now but will continue to closely monitor the situation.”   


Stage 1 restrictions include prohibition of:  

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, or improved site. 
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an outdoor area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. 
  3. Operating or using any equipment with an internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either the USDA Forest Service Standard 5100-1a (as amended), or appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a) (36 CFR 261.52 (j)). https://dffm.az.gov/fire-restrictions 

Chairman Brown went on to state, “I want to say thank you to everyone who helped get us through these last few weeks by following the guidelines, set out by your local officials, to protect our property and the forests.  Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and are truly appreciated.”



Forest Service News Release
Prescott National Forest Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions
on Friday, July 16 at 8:00 A.M.


PRESCOTT, AZ – July 15, 2021—   With scattered precipitation received across the forest, Prescott National Forest will reduce current Fire and Shooting Restrictions and enter back into Stage I Fire Restrictions on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM.  Restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire.


Stage I fire restrictions prohibit the following:

  • Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes outside a fire structure that is provided by the Forest Service within a designated area. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a).
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three (3) feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(d).


Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:  Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. §261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from the provisions in this Order:


  • Holders of Forest Service Special Use Authorizations are exempt from Prohibition #1 above, provided such fires are within a fire structure and they are within their permitted area.
  • Persons using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.
  • Persons using a stove fire in a designated area.
  • Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty.


To view Forest Order 03-09-00-21-285: Prescott National Forest Emergency Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, please visit our Alerts & Notices.


Know Before You Go! The public can obtain current state and federal fire restrictions information across Arizona on the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information website .  The map is a culmination of work from federal, state, and local agencies who hope to explain to the public where it is safe to have fires and where it’s not. The map shows all fire restrictions in New Mexico and Arizona, regardless of jurisdiction.


For information on the Prescott National Forest, check out the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.      


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Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Editor and Publisher of CopperState News. In her past life, she was the founder of a successful local news media publication in the Prescott area. She started CopperState News with the idea that local news deserves a statewide platform.

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