The Fourth of July holiday will soon be here and many of us will enjoy the outdoors, watch fireworks or host a family picnic. The American Red Cross wants everyone to enjoy their holiday and offers safety steps they can follow.
In accordance with Yavapai County Ordinance No. 2012-1, Section V. Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Chairman, Rowle Simmons has signed an interim order to enact a fire ban within Yavapai County.
This determination is based upon the implementation of fire restrictions by the following jurisdictions: Prescott National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and local fire districts and fire departments which will be imposed on April 20, 2018, at 8:00 A.M.
Beginning April 20 campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented on state lands and federally managed public lands in central and western Arizona which includes Yavapai, Maricopa, La Paz Yuma, Mohave and Gila counties, as well as portions of Pinal county.
Effective Friday, April 13, 2018 beginning at 7:00 AM, modified Stage Two Fire Restrictions will be in effect on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
The following will be prohibited until further notice to reduce the threat of wildfires on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation:
The Knoll wildfire is happening approximately 13 miles northeast of Payson. It is 10 acres in size and is zero percent containted.
Cause: Initial investigation indicates this wildfire was human caused by fireworks. Fireworks are ALWAYS illegal on all National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico.
The 4th of July is less than a week away! According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, every 4th of July, thousands of people (most often children and teens) are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death (and civil/criminal liability).
Coronado National Forest ranger district and Forest Supervisor offices will be closed for the July 4 holiday on Tuesday. The Sabino Canyon Visitor Center will remain open.
Forest officials expect large numbers of visitors to the Forest’s most popular campgrounds and picnic areas over Fourth of July weekend. Although some rain has fallen in isolated areas of the Forest, most areas are dry, and campfires and smoking are prohibited (see below). The following are tips for safe and enjoyable weekend outings.