Stage I and II Fire Restrictions Lifted Tuesday AM

12 July 2011  
Stage I and II Fire Restrictions will be lifted as of 8 am Tuesday morning; caution still urged.

firecharringRepresentatives from both the City of Prescott and the Prescott National Forest (PNF) have announced they will be lifting Stage I and II fire restrictions due to recent rain, continued moisture and high humidity.

The restrictions will be lifted as of 8 am Tuesday morning.

Debbie Maneely, the PNF Public Affairs officer reminds visitors to, "Be safe when recreating on the Forest. Always use caution with all campfires; never leave your campfire unattended and ensure your fire is completely out before leaving; and remember that fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands."

City of Prescott Fire Marshal Eric Kriwer adds, "Residential burn permits are available online at www.cityofprescott.net. Commercial burn permits are available at Prescott Fire Department Administration Office at 1700 Iron Springs Road."

Information about Residential Burn Permits for the entire region, including Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Paulden, Iron Springs, Groom Creek and other surrounding areas can be found on the City of Prescott's website on their Burn Permit page.

Commercial Burn Permits must be approved through the appropriate agency, which is also detailed on the Burn Permit page.

Arizona Fire Danger

This has been one of the worst years in Arizona as far as wildfires. According to the Southwest Coordination Center, as of July 10, 935,204 acres have burned this year alone.

On June 17, Governor Jan Brewer issued an Emergency Declaration for the Fires in Southern Arizona; today she announced that Federal Assistance has been granted for wildfire victims from the Small Business Administration.

Brewer made the request for funds on July 6, writing, "The Wallow and Monument fires have charred nearly 570,000 acres and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and businesses. I am hopeful the Small Business Administration will be able to lend a helping hand to affected residents and business owners in parts of Arizona affected by these destructive fires. The State of Arizona looks forward to working with the SBA as recovery efforts continue in Apache and Cochise counties."

Lynne LaMaster