July 15: Fire Restrictions Lifted in Prescott National Forest
Effective Friday, July 15, 2022, at 8:00 am, Yavapai County and Prescott National Forest will rescind all fire restrictions.
Mary Mallory, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair, worked with the Yavapai County Emergency Manager, local forest services, and fire professionals, to discuss the current fire danger and, at this time, have determined that it is appropriate to remove fire restrictions that were implemented in May.
Yavapai County Emergency Manager Ashley Ahlquist said, “There has been an increase in precipitation within the County. Prescott National Forest has seen anywhere from 0.66” to 4.66” throughout the forest. In addition to the increased precipitation, the forecast for continuing rain in the coming weeks and the moderating fire indices support rescinding the restrictions.”
This determination includes the following Fire Ordinance Zones: Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Zones of Yavapai County, which include the following cities and towns; Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey- Humboldt, Mayer, Cordes Junction, Black Canyon City, Congress, North Wickenburg, Peeples Valley, Yarnell, Wilhoit, Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde, and unincorporated areas herein.
Chair Mallory said, “We recognize the inconvenience of imposing these restrictions in our communities, but I appreciate everyone who worked hard to protect our local forests and homes. The fire danger within Yavapai County is a significant concern, and we appreciate your efforts to protect our great County.”
Know Before You Go!
Visitors are asked to remain vigilant and avoid activities that could accidentally cause wildfires – refrain from campfires on dry and windy days and remember that it is always illegal to leave a campfire unattended. In addition, fireworks are never permitted on any National Forest land.
Statewide fire restriction information can be found at https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions. The map shows current fire restrictions on federal and state-managed lands in Arizona and New Mexico.