Fire Restrictions

Current Fire Restriction Level: Stage II

Stage I Fire Restrictions:
  • NO residential burn Permits will be issued.
  • • Use of model rockets is PROHIBITED.
  • • Use of fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are PROHIBITED except by commercial special events permit.
  • NO smoking outside of vehicles, outside of residential yards, or outside of designated smoking areas.
  • NO outdoor use of firearms.
  • • Cooking, warming, or camp fires ARE still ALLOWED at single and multi-family residential properties and Town parks (where approved) but MUST BE attended at all times.
Stage II Fire Restrictions:
  • NO burn permits will be issued-residential or commercial.
  • • Use of model rockets is PROHIBITED.
  • • Use of fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are PROHIBITED except by commercial special events permit.
  • NO smoking outside of vehicles, outside of residential yards, or outside of designated smoking areas.
  • NO outdoor use of firearms.
  • • Welding, cutting, grinding and chain saw use is PROHIBITED (Permission may be granted under special circumstances and repair situations as approved by the Fire Marshal)**
  • • Chain saws are allowed with a spark arrestor, water or fire extinguisher and a fire watch.
  • • Warming fires, camp fires, as well as charcoal and wood burning barbecues(ember and ash producing) are PROHIBITED in all locations. This also prohibits the use of other devices that produce open flame such as tiki lamps.
  • • The use of propane, natural gas or other gas flame-producing barbeque cooking grills or fire pits MAY BE USED as long as they are constantly attended, are in an enclosed device, and can be truned off.

** Certain activities including welding, cutting, grinding, chainsaw use, (any spark/flame producing activity) outdoors shall require the following:

  • • A Fire Department Permit for a specific time period, location, and activity granting permission to conduct such activity in a safe manner.
  • • A fire watch, an individual for the sole purpose watching for any sparks and/or ignition.
  • • Firefighting tool(s) such as a shovel.
  • • Approved water supply available from a hose, water truck, etc.

Prescott National Forest

Low (L) Fuels do not ignite readily from small firebrands although a more intense heat source, such as lightning, may start fires in duff or punky wood. Fires in open cured grasslands may burn freely a few hours after rain, but woods fires spread slowly by creeping or smoldering, and burn in irregular fingers. There is little danger of spotting.
Moderate (M) Fires can start from most accidental causes, but with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low. Fires in open cured grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days. Timber fires spread slowly to moderately fast. The average fire is of moderate intensity, although heavy concentrations of fuel, especially draped fuel, may burn hot. Short-distance spotting may occur, but is not persistent. Fires are not likely to become serious and control is relatively easy.
High (H) All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. High-intensity burning may develop on slopes or in concentrations of fine fuels. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small.
Very High (VH) Fires start easily from all causes and, immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in light fuels may quickly develop high intensity characteristics such as long-distance spotting and fire whirls when they burn into heavier fuels.
Extreme (E) Fires start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the very high fire danger class. Direct attack is rarely possible and may be dangerous except immediately after ignition. Fires that develop headway in heavy slash or in conifer stands may be unmanageable while the extreme burning condition lasts. Under these conditions the only effective and safe control action is on the flanks until the weather changes or the fuel supply lessens.

CONTACT

  • Fire
  • Don Devendorf
  • Community Risk Reduction Division Chief
  • Fire Department

    1700 Iron Springs Rd

  • 928-777-1761

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