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Posted on: May 4, 2018

STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTONS IN EFFECT MAY 4, 2018 @ 8:00 A.M.

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WHERE:  The 42 square miles of the City of Prescott and the 248 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.  

WHY:  The Prescott Fire Department and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority will be enacting our Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on May 4, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. which will also be consistent with the Prescott National Forest and the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County not protected by fire districts or area fire departments. These restrictions will stay in effect until we receive significant rain throughout the area to justify lifting the restrictions.  Please have a safe summer and visit our websites at www.cazfire.org or http://www.prescott-az.gov/services/fire/ for further information.

CONTACT:  Fire Marshal Rick Chase (928) 759-9933
Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority
Fire Marshal Don Devendorf (928) 925-7316
Prescott Fire Department

STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS:

• NO residential burn permits will be issued.
• 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.
• Cooking, warming, or camp fires (ash or ember producing) ARE still ALLOWED at single and multi-family residential properties and Town parks (where approved) but MUST BE attended at all times.

STAGE 2 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.

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