It’s that time of year again where we all start thinking about wildfires!
On Thursday, May 5th, Yavapai County (and much of Northern Arizona) implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions. This is 10 days earlier than last year in 2021.
The main restrictions as they relate to our local creeks and lakes are:
- NO smoking outside of vehicles, outside of residential yards, or outside of designated
- NO outdoor use of firearms.
Interestingly, Prescott Creeks seems to have too much familiarity with wildfire. Watson Woods Riparian Preserve experienced a wildfire in 1997 that was the result of a cigarette butt carelessly tossed into a pile of cardboard. That fire burned nearly 30% of the Preserve. Since then the area has experienced at least three other fires of various sizes and intensities.
Please adhere to the Stage 1 fire restrictions to protect public health by reducing the number of preventable human-caused wildfires. This also protects wildlife and riparian habitats like those at Watson Woods Riparian Preserve.