Effective June 3rd, 2020 at 8 am until rescinded, the Central AZ Fire and Medical Authority and Prescott Fire Department Jurisdictions have implemented Stage II Fire Restrictions
This is of particular interest and concern to Prescott Creeks as Watson Woods Riparian Preserve has experienced human-caused wildfires at least three times (1997, 2005, and 2007) resulting in significant negative impacts to the riparian forest there along with its wildlife habitat.
The restrictions include the 42 square miles of the City of Prescott and the 365 square miles of the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) which includes the Towns of Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley, and Paulden. CAFMA’s jurisdiction also applies to areas surrounding the City of Prescott such as Williamson Valley, upper Copper Basin Road, the Mountain Club area, Ponderosa Park off of White Spar Road, and the Senator Highway area of Karen Drive, Sweet Acres, and Oak Knoll Village along with the areas of Government Canyon and Diamond Valley which are south of Prescott.
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 and grinding 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 turned off.
** Certain activities including welding, cutting, grinding (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 of watching for any sparks and/or ignition.
- Firefighting tool(s) such as a shovel.
- Approved water supply available from a hose, water truck, etc.
These restrictions will stay in effect until we receive significant rain throughout the area to justify lifting these restrictions. Please have a safe summer.
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