Friday, May 6, 2011

Prescott National Forest Fire Restrictions

Campfire and smoking restrictions will go into effect on the Prescott National Forest Wednesday, May 11, at 8:00 a.m.  Forest managers have determined that key trigger points have been reached to warrant taking these restrictive actions.  These include increased forest visitor use, abandoned campfires and rising temperatures.    

The following fire restrictions will be in effect for the entire Prescott National Forest:
  • Campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires (wood, charcoal, and coal burning) are prohibited on all Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails; except within developed recreation sites where grills and campfire rings are provided. 
  • Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters meeting safety specifications are allowed. 
  • Smoking is prohibited except within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or developed recreation sites where the area is cleared of all flammable material. 
  • Campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed sites within the Prescott Basin.  Metal posts identify designated dispersed sites with a number. 
Campfire and smoking restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire.  Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than six (6) months, or both. The public is reminded that fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands.  
 
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/.

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