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City of Prescott Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Stage I Restrictions:

  • No Residential Burn Permits will be issued.

  • No smoking outside of vehicles, outside of residential yards, or outside of designated smoking areas. No discarding of smoking materials without first insuring that they are fully extinguished.

  • No outside open-flame, ash-producing, cooking, warming, or camp fires fueled by wood, charcoal, or other ordinary combustibles at undeveloped public or private property sites. Exception: Private residences.

  • Cooking, warming, or camp fires are still allowed in developed campgrounds, picnic sites, single-family residences and certain multi-family occupancies.

  • The use of propane, natural gas or other gas flame-producing barbecue cooking devises may be used as long as they are constantly attended and are in an enclosed device.

  • Use of model rockets is prohibited. Use of fireworks requires a special permit.

Stage II Restrictions include all Stage I Restrictions and the following:

  • Prohibitions for outside use of chainsaws, welding, or other spark/flame producing equipment without express Fire Department permission and or a permit.

  • No outside open-flame, ash-producing, cooking, warming, or camp fires fueled by wood, charcoal, or other ordinary combustibles at developed (any city/other park) and undeveloped public or private property (residential) sites.

  • The use of propane, natural gas or other gas flame-producing barbecue cooking devises may be used as long as they are constantly attended and are in an enclosed device.

  • Certain activities including welding, cutting, grinding, chainsaw use, (any spark/flame producing activity) outdoors shall require the following:

  1. A Fire Department Permit for a specific time period, location and activity granting permission to conduct such activity in a safe manner.

  2. A fire watch, an individual for the sole purpose watching for any sparks and/or ignition.

  3. Firefighting tool(s) such as a shovel.

  4. Approved water supply available from a hose, water truck, etc.

Stage III Restrictions:

Stage III Restrictions include all Stage I and II Restrictions and the following:

  • All outdoor open fires throughout the City of Prescott are prohibited, including, but not limited to, campfires, outdoor fireplaces, charcoal and wood fired barbecues, grills and pits including City parks and picnic areas.

  • The use of propane, natural gas or other gas flame-producing barbecue cooking devises may be used as long as they are constantly attended and are in an enclosed device.

  • The foregoing restrictions shall apply to both residential and public lands within the City limits.

  • Commercial burn permits are prohibited

  • (City Proclamation of Local Emergency may go in effect)

Stage IV Restrictions:

Stage IV restrictions include all Stage I, II and III restrictions and the following:

  • Consider additional fire restrictions

  • Partial closures in certain areas or consider full closures in campgrounds or picnic grounds around at risk areas

  • May have Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Department members, etc. perform fire watch and/or deal with violators and/or write citations.

  • Barbecues, outdoor fireplaces or grills utilizing propane or natural gas fuel may be used only if they are constantly attended.