Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Starting May 5 Featured

The Fire Restrictions will start May 5th

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  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will go into effect Thursday, May 5
  • All local fire agencies and forest personnel are in agreement with the restrictions
  • This is in order to help prevent further wildfires
  • They will be lifted when the area receives significant rain 
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to start Thursday, May 5 A Joint Press Release was issued this week announcing State 1 Fire Restrictions to be in effect as of May 5. It came from the Prescott Police Department and the Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority serving the Quad City area. Friday, the Prescott National Forest released a concurring notice.

WHO: Residents of the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority and Prescott Fire Department jurisdictions


WHEN: May 5, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. 

WHERE: The 42 square miles of the City of Prescott and the 365 square miles of the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) which includes 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, and the Senator Highway area of Karen Drive, Sweet Acres, and Oak Knoll Village along with the areas of Government Canyon and Diamond Valley which are south of Prescott.

WHY: The Prescott Fire Department and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority will be enacting our Stage I Fire Restrictions on May 5, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. which will also be consistent with the Prescott National Forest and the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County not protected by fire districts or area fire departments. As the fire danger continues to increase, our Stage II restrictions may also be put into effect as we move into our summer months. These restrictions will stay in effect until we receive significant rain throughout the area to justify lifting the restrictions. Please visit our websites at www.cazfire.org or http://www.prescott-az.gov/services/fire/ for further information. 



Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Tom Knapp (928) 777-1700 

Prescott Fire Department 


Fire Marshal Rick Chase (928) 772-7711 

Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority 




Prescott National Forest Service:

Prescott National Forest Plans to Enters Stage 1 Fire Restrictions 


PRESCOTT, AZ – April 29, 2022 - The Prescott National Forest is planning to enter Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective May 5, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. due to increasing fire activity and dry conditions. The increased fire danger is due to insufficient moisture and dry fuel conditions across the forest.

Fire officials use several criteria to determine when to modify fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, fuel moistures, fire activity, and available firefighting resources. These restrictions reduce the risk of unwanted human-caused wildfires during periods of high fire danger and elevated fire weather conditions.  Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are ALWAYS prohibited on National Forests.  


Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit the following:

  1. 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).
  1. 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).
  1. Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations. 36 C.F.R. § 261.58(m).


Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:

  1. Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. §261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from the provisions in this Order:
  1. 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.
  1. Persons engaged in legal hunting activity are allowed to discharge a firearm while taking wildlife
  1. Persons using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.
  1. Persons using a stove fire in a designated area.
  1. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty.


Violators of the above restrictions are subject to fines and/or imprisonment.

To view Forest Order 03-09-00-22-03: Prescott National Forest Emergency Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, please go to Alerts & Notices. 

For fire information please call (928) 925-1111; or stay up to date on Prescott National Forest news by checking the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.


The following is a comprehensive list of the DESIGNATED AREAS, as referenced in Prohibition #1.  Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes, is only allowed within a fire structure (metal fire rings and/or metal pedestal grills) provided by the Forest Service at the following developed recreation areas:


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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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