Prescott National Forest, Yavapai County, City of Prescott Fire Department and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) announce Stage 2 Fire Restrictions beginning Thursday, May 26 at 8 a.m.

Fire Restrictions



  • Deputy Fire Chief / Fire Marshal
  • 1700 Iron Springs Rd

  • 928-777-1700

Current Fire Restriction Level: Stage I

Stage I 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.

Prescott National Forest

Low (L)Fuels do not ignite readily from small firebrands although a more intense heat source, such as lightning, may start fires in duff or punky wood. Fires in open cured grasslands may burn freely a few hours after rain, but woods fires spread slowly by creeping or smoldering, and burn in irregular fingers. There is little danger of spotting.
Moderate (M)Fires can start from most accidental causes, but with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low. Fires in open cured grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days. Timber fires spread slowly to moderately fast. The average fire is of moderate intensity, although heavy concentrations of fuel, especially draped fuel, may burn hot. Short-distance spotting may occur, but is not persistent. Fires are not likely to become serious and control is relatively easy.
High (H)All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. High-intensity burning may develop on slopes or in concentrations of fine fuels. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small.
Very High (VH)Fires start easily from all causes and, immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in light fuels may quickly develop high intensity characteristics such as long-distance spotting and fire whirls when they burn into heavier fuels.
Extreme (E)Fires start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the very high fire danger class. Direct attack is rarely possible and may be dangerous except immediately after ignition. Fires that develop headway in heavy slash or in conifer stands may be unmanageable while the extreme burning condition lasts. Under these conditions the only effective and safe control action is on the flanks until the weather changes or the fuel supply lessens.