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Campfires banned on the Prescott National Forest

The Camp Verde Journal of Camp Verde, Arizona

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Campfire and smoking restrictions go into effect on the Prescott National Forest Wednesday, May 22, at 8 a.m. Forest managers have determined that key trigger points have been reached to warrant taking these restrictive actions. These include rapid drying of live and dead forest vegetation, escalating fire weather conditions and increased forest visitor use.

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.

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.

Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands.

To help the public understand where and when fire restrictions and possible closures exist, there are several resources available. The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:

Public Lands in Arizona and New Mexico, (877) 864-6985 Prescott National Forest Fire Information Hotline, (928) 777-5799 Verde Ranger District, 567-4121

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Original Publication Date: June 5, 2013

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