Prescott National Forest and Local Cooperators

Enter Stage I Fire Restrictions Friday, April 20, 2018

Prescott, AZ (April 13, 2018) –– The Prescott National Forest is entering into Stage I Fire Restrictions on Friday,
April 20 that 08:00 a.m. The following prohibitions will be in effect for all Prescott National Forest lands:

The building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove, except in

developed recreation sites with metal fire rings or cooking grills. Forest visitors are urged to reference the
Prescott National Forest website for a list of developed recreation sites allowing campfires under Stage I
Fire Restrictions ( These sites are also listed below.
• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in a developed recreation site in an area at least
three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
• Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun; except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal
laws and regulations.

Pete Gordon, Fuels, Fire, & Aviation Staff Officer for the Prescott National Forest says,
“There has been no appreciable amount of precipitation since the end of last summer’s monsoons and the
little bit of rain and snow we received in January and February did nothing to relieve the situation. Much
of the State of Arizona is in extreme drought with a forecast of below normal precipitation and above
normal temps through the end of May. Our fire danger indicators are quickly moving toward significant
levels. This means that wildfires will easily ignite and quickly become fires that may be difficult to control.
The decision to implement Stage I restrictions is based on scientific indicators of conditions in addition to
fire activity, resource shortages or potential, and other criteria affecting wildfire potential. The Prescott
National Forest has coordinated closely with all of the area federal wildfire management agencies;

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management; Yavapai County Emergency Services; and all the
municipal and volunteer fire departments in the Verde Valley, Prescott area, and others adjacent to the
We recognize this may be an inconvenience to forest visitors, but ask everyone to consider as we do, the
trade-off if we don’t attempt to curtail unwanted wildfires through restrictions. We hope the public joins us
in seeing that the short-term and minimal inconvenience associated with fire restrictions is well worth it if
the alternative is a catastrophic wildfire. While restrictions can’t prevent all careless activity or choices to
ignore the rules, fire managers are certain in their effectiveness in reducing the potential.
Neighboring community members, as well as Forest visitors, are encouraged to act responsibly and remain
vigilant. Fires can be started by many activities taken for granted and are not just limited to careless
campfires or a carelessly placed cigarette. Pay attention to anything that creates heat or sparks such as
dragging tow chains, welding a corral fence, or even mowing the grass where a hiding rock can cause a
spark. It’s not just a concern of the Forest Service, but a shared concern among all agencies and our
citizens – this area is prone to and likely to have a wildfire regardless of land ownership. This is the
Wildland-Urban Interface.”
As a reminder, the use of exploding targets; incendiary devices; and fireworks are always illegal on National
Forests Lands.
Violation of these fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
• Arizona Fire Restrictions:
• Public Lands in Arizona: or call 1-877- 864-6985
• Prescott National Forest Web Site:
• Twitter: @PrescottNF
• Facebook:
• Bradshaw Ranger District (928) 443-8000, Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200, Camp Verde Ranger
District (928) 567-4121

Prescott National Forest Develop Recreation Sites

Campfires are allowed in metal fire rings and metal pedestal grills provided by the Forest Service in the following
developed recreation sites only:

Prescott National Forest – BRADSHAW RANGER DISTRICT
• Alto Pit OHV Campground & Day-Use
• Yavapai Campground
• Cayuse Equestrian TH Day-Use
• Wekuvde Day-Use
• Groom Creek Horse Campground
• Hazlett Hollow Campground
• Lower Wolf Creek Campground
• Upper Wolf Creek Group Campground
• Hilltop Campground
• Lynx Campground
• Lynx Creek Ruin Day-Use
• Lynx Lake North Shore Day-Use
• Lynx Lake South Shore Day-Use
• Eagle Ridge Group Campground
• Thumb Butte Day-Use (Group, Individual, & Ramada sites)
• Turney Gulch Group Campground
• Horsethief Cabin Rental
• Ranch Trailhead #62
• White Spar Campground

• None

Prescott National Forest – VERDE RANGER DISTRICT
• Mingus Mountain Campground
• Playground group Campground
• Potato Patch Campground
• Powell Springs Campground
• Beasley Flat Day-Use
• Mingus Picnic Day-Use
• Mingus Vista Day-Use
• White Bridge Day-Use (Coconino NF)
• Summit Day-Use
• Copper Canyon Trailhead
• Hayfield Draw OHV
• Sycamore Cabin Rental