Fire Restrictions being lifted
For more information on local Fire Departments/Districts restrictions please contact them or visit their individual sites.
SUMMARY of fire bans being lifted
As of 8:00 AM Friday July 13, 2018, the fire restrictions for Yavapai County will be lifted.
This is being done in coordination with the Prescott National Forest announcement by Pete Gordon - Fuels, Fire, & Aviation Staff Officer (Chief 9):
The Prescott National Forest will be lifting both Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and the Area Closures effective at 08:00 AM on Friday, July 13th. This is based on the amount of rainfall accumulation in the last 5 days in conjunction with the forecast for continued monsoon rains.
It may take the Forest some time to physically remove the evidence of restrictions and closures with reduction in resources, weather, and road conditions, but rest assured the official action to remove the restrictions and closure will be effective at 0800 AM on Friday. https://www.fs.usda.gov/
Yavapai County Emergency Manager, Ron Sauntman stated, “Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management has worked to coordinate with our response organizations in an effort to achieve alignment that may impact response to wildfire incidents.” It is important to remember that some Fire Districts/Departments may choose to maintain some level of restrictions due to geography, identified threat, and lack of moisture. The Yavapai County Emergency Management office will continue to support these efforts through information management and coordination with those individual organizations.
Mr. Sauntman went on to state, “We must remain vigilant and consider that, although the immediate threat of wildfire is reduced, it is critical that we maintain awareness of this potentially dangerous situation. In addition, we now must focus on the potential flooding conditions that are present and will remain until the monsoon season has ended.”
Also, SOME State Land Fire Restrictions will be lifted.
From Department of Forestry and Fire Management: At 0800AM, on Friday, July 13th, state-owned and managed lands in Coconino County, south of the Grand Canyon, will reopen to recreation. However, state lands in Coconino County, north of the Grand Canyon, remain in Stage II Fire Restrictions.
The closure order for state-owned and managed lands in Gila County will also be lifted, but Stage I Fire Restrictions will be in place. Under Stage I, campfires are allowed in a developed campsite only.
Also on Friday, State Forestry will lift restrictions to Mohave County, south of the Hualapai Reservation. State lands in Mohave County, north of the reservation, are still under Stage II Fire Restrictions. Until more widespread rain is received in northeastern Arizona, closures are still in place on state-owned and managed lands in Apache and Navajo Counties. Fire restrictions also remain in effect in Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, and Yuma Counties.
“Even though we are lifting some fire restrictions, we must not become complacent. Every day, our crews are chasing wildfires from lightning due to these monsoon storms. We do not need a human-caused fire to add to the mix. So please be cautious and use your best judgement.” said State Forester Jeff Whitney.
As always, target shooting and fireworks are never allowed on Arizona State Trust lands at any time of the year. For State fire restriction information go to www.dffm.az.gov
For more on other fire restrictions please visit: www.firerestrictions.us