While it’s open again, as of this morning, there are still no fires allowed.

Contact(s): Debbie Maneely: 928-777-2212

PRESCOTT, AZ – July 7, 2021— At 8:00 a.m. today, July 7, 2021 the Prescott National Forest has rescinded the full forest closure in coordination with neighboring forests. Stage II Fire Restrictions including Shooting Restrictions will remain in effect. In addition, a fire area closure remains in place for the Rafael and Tiger Fires.

Recreation personnel ask for patience as they work to remove gates, locks, signage, and barriers throughout the coming days. All developed recreation sites on the Verde Ranger District will be open tomorrow by 8:00 a.m. On the Bradshaw Ranger District all day-use and dispersed camping sites will be open today and developed family and group campgrounds will open on Friday, July 9 at 12:00 p.m.

While the forest-wide closure will be lifted, specific closures around the Rafael and Tiger Fire will be in effect. To view the Fire Emergency Closures, please go to our Alerts & Notices.

Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:

Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material.
Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
Operating a chainsaw or other equipment operated by an internal combustion engine between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal or tribal laws and regulations.

Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:

Persons with a written Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this order.
Persons using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.
Persons operating generators with an approved spark arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the generator.
Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Read the entire article at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/