U.S. Forest Service - Prescott National Forest

U.S. Forest Service - Prescott National Forest Prescott National Forest - Where the Desert Meets the Pines in Central Arizona The Prescott National Forest page is a combined effort of the National Forest Foundation and the USDA Forest Service.
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The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service motto, "Caring for the Land and Serving People," captures the spirit of our mission. Mission:
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USDA Forest Service Mission:
The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service motto, "Caring for the Land and Serving People," captures the spirit of our mission. Mission:
The National Forest Foundation, chartered by Congress, engages American

Operating as usual

Please see today's smoke forecast issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the area around the #Tig...
07/09/2021

Please see today's smoke forecast issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the area around the #TigerFire. To access the ADEQ site directly: www.azdeq.gov.

Please see today's smoke forecast issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the area around the #TigerFire. To access the ADEQ site directly: www.azdeq.gov.

#TigerFire July 9, 2021Increased Humidity Slows Tiger Fire Spread Public Information: (928) 925-1111            Email: 2...
07/09/2021

#TigerFire July 9, 2021

Increased Humidity Slows Tiger Fire Spread

Public Information: (928) 925-1111
Email: [email protected]
Size: 15,685 acres
Containment: 29%
Cause: Lightning
Location: 11 miles east of Crown King
Start Date: June 30, 2021, 3:45 p.m.
Incident Commander: Dave Gesser
Incident Personnel: 367

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Facebook Live with the IC and Operations Friday, July 9 at 8pm. Prescott National Forest page.

With the community of Crown King in a “Set” status, the town is now closed to the public. Only residents will be allowed in and out.

FIRE CLOSURES: The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Prescott National Forest have closed County Road 177 and national forest lands generally south of County Road 177 from Mayer, west to Palace Station, except for Crown King residents with identification. For detailed information see: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/

Yesterday the fire perimeter between Black Canyon City north to Castle Creek and west of Bumble Bee was contained. Due to increased humidity, the fire’s overall intensity slowed but remained active. Firefighters remained abreast of the fire’s westward progress in the Horsethief Basin area by using firing operations from prepared lines to direct fire movement away from structures and improvements.

Other crews worked to prepare the Crown King Road (County Road 59) for possible contingency firing operations between Cleator and Crown King, should future conditions require that tactic. Preparations for potential firing operations were also made along portions of Black Canyon Road (FS 101) as the fire moved downhill north and east toward more defensible terrain. A late afternoon rain cell dropped moisture over the northern portion of the fire.

Today firefighters are working on structure protection operations to protect Crown King. These actions include re-clearing previous fire control lines and temporarily installing pumps and sprinklers. In Horsethief Basin, crews are monitoring yesterday’s burnouts and providing point protection tactics as needed to protect structures and improvements. Other resources are monitoring the fires progress south of Cleator, ready to do a firing operation to slow or redirect the fire’s movement.

WEATHER: Forecasts call for continuing hot weather with increased chances of thunderstorms and accompanying gusty outflow winds.

EVACUATIONS: Presently the communities of Cleator and portions of Black Canyon City are in “READY” status. Crown King and the Lorena Gulch Cabins are in “SET” status and Horsethief Basin is in “GO” status in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

FOREST CLOSURES: Arizona’s publicly managed lands are in widely different levels of closure/restrictions. Those planning to visit Arizona’s outdoors should consult appropriate land management agency web sites immediately prior to planning a trip to determine current restrictions and emergency fire area closures. Visit: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions for current restrictions.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/
Prescott National Forest - Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottNF
Prescott National Forest - Twitter: twitter.com/PrescottNF

HELP WANTED! Prescott NF is looking to hire a GS-9 Helitack Crew Supervisor! This is a permanent position working out of...
07/08/2021

HELP WANTED! Prescott NF is looking to hire a GS-9 Helitack Crew Supervisor! This is a permanent position working out of the Prescott Fire Center. Apply NOW! View the job announcement here: go.usa.gov/x6tN5

American Conservation Experience is looking for crew leaders and members for 450-hour paid internships with food and hou...
07/08/2021

American Conservation Experience is looking for crew leaders and members for 450-hour paid internships with food and housing provided on the @PrescottNF! Visit their website for more info! Leader: https://bit.ly/3jXbNjf Member: https://bit.ly/3xrImtB

#TigerFire REMINDER: Live With Incident Commander and Operations Virtual Meeting Tonight (July 8, 2021) at 8:00 p.m.Loca...
07/08/2021

#TigerFire REMINDER:

Live With Incident Commander and Operations
Virtual Meeting
Tonight (July 8, 2021) at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Prescott National Forest page

#TigerFire REMINDER:

Live With Incident Commander and Operations
Virtual Meeting
Tonight (July 8, 2021) at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Prescott National Forest page

Please see today's smoke forecast issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the area around the #Tig...
07/08/2021

Please see today's smoke forecast issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the area around the #TigerFire. To access the ADEQ site directly: www.azdeq.gov.

Please see today's smoke forecast issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the area around the #TigerFire. To access the ADEQ site directly: www.azdeq.gov.

Timeline Photos
07/08/2021

Timeline Photos

The Fort Whipple Museum reopens today! It's been closed for over a year due to COVID-19. Stop by for a visit today 10am-4pm and discover some of Prescott's military history!

Trail Closures Due to Thinning Operations on Mingus Mountain: go.usa.gov/x6tDn
07/08/2021

Trail Closures Due to Thinning Operations on Mingus Mountain: go.usa.gov/x6tDn

Residents and property owners using County Road 59 (Crown King Road) are asked to please stay off the road between 9:00 ...
07/08/2021

Residents and property owners using County Road 59 (Crown King Road) are asked to please stay off the road between 9:00 a.m. and 6 p.m. This is the time of day when use of the roads by fire personnel and heavy equipment is heaviest.

This will help ensure your safety and the safety of firefighters. If you must travel during these hours, please be prepared for significant delays.

Residents and property owners using County Road 59 (Crown King Road) are asked to please stay off the road between 9:00 a.m. and 6 p.m. This is the time of day when use of the roads by fire personnel and heavy equipment is heaviest.

This will help ensure your safety and the safety of firefighters. If you must travel during these hours, please be prepared for significant delays.

ANNOUNCEMENT: A new closure order affecting a larger portion of the Bradshaw Ranger District surrounding the #TigerFire ...
07/08/2021

ANNOUNCEMENT:

A new closure order affecting a larger portion of the Bradshaw Ranger District surrounding the #TigerFire has been put into effect today, July 8 at 8:00 a.m. This closure affects all lands, roads and trails within the boundary shown on the map below.

Please note: Roads within the restricted area are open to residents, owners and lessees of private property to allow them ingress to and from their properties. These roads are closed to members of the general public.

#TigerFire July 8, 2021Crown King Evacuation Status Changes from “Ready” to “Set”Public Information: (928) 925-1111 Emai...
07/08/2021

#TigerFire July 8, 2021

Crown King Evacuation Status Changes from “Ready” to “Set”

Public Information: (928) 925-1111
Email: [email protected]
Size: 13,175 acres
Containment: 29%
Cause: Lightning
Location: 11 miles east of Crown King
Start Date: June 30, 2021, 3:45 p.m.
Incident Commander: Dave Gesser
Incident Personnel: 361

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
COMMUNITY MEETING-Facebook Live with the IC and Operations Thursday, July 8 at 8pm.
Prescott National Forest page

The Tiger Fire crossed a management action point Wednesday afternoon which prompted the Incident Management Team to recommend to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that Crown King be alerted that their evacuation status has changed from “Ready” to “Set”.

ROAD CLOSURES: At the request of the incident management team, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has closed the Crown King Road (County Road 59) between Crown King and Cleator effective at 8 a.m. July 7, 2021, except for assigned fire related personnel and residents with identification.

The Crown King Road was closed for the safety of firefighters using heavy equipment working in the closure area along County Road 59. The Bumblebee Road remains closed from Black Canyon City to the junction of County Roads 179 and 178. With the community of Crown King in a “Set” status, the town is now closed to the public. Residents only will be allowed in and out.

The Tiger Fire was very active yesterday. On the north and western perimeter of the fire, the continued high temperatures and low humidity combined with burnout operations north and south along the 52 road in the vicinity of the wilderness boundary, produced a large amount of smoke during the afternoon. Other smoke columns within the fire perimeter were more visible as unburned pockets of fuel on the interior of the fire were consumed.

Crews continued to prepare the Crown King Road (County Road 59) for a possible contingency firing operation between Cleator and Crown King, should conditions require that tactic in coming days. Other crews worked patrolling, extinguishing hotspots, and securing the eastern perimeter of the fire.

WEATHER: Forecasts call for slightly less hot and dry weather with a slight chance of thunderstorms Thursday along with the accompanying threat of gusty outflow winds.

EVACUATIONS: Presently the communities of Cleator and portions of Black Canyon City are in “READY” status. Crown King and the Lorena Gulch Cabins are in “SET” status and Horsethief Basin is in “GO” status in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

FOREST CLOSURES: Arizona’s publicly managed lands are in widely different levels of closure/restrictions. Those planning to visit Arizona’s outdoors should consult appropriate land management
agency web sites immediately prior to planning a trip to determine current restrictions and emergency fire area closures. Visit: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions for current restrictions.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/
Prescott National Forest - Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottNF
Prescott National Forest - Twitter: twitter.com/PrescottNF

07/07/2021

#TigerFire - Yavapai County Sheriffs Office evacuation update.

07/07/2021

On Friday, 7/9, at 8am, #AZForestry will rescind recreational closures on State Trust Land with some areas being placed back into Stage II Restrictions.

*Stage II - state land within: Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, and Yavapai Counties. (No campfires, no smoking outdoors, equipment usage restricted.)

*No Restrictions - state land within: Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, and Santa Cruz Counties.

**Target shooting and fireworks are prohibited year-round on State Trust Land.

The safety of our firefighters and the public is our number one priority and we certainly appreciate everyone's patience with the temporary closures implemented to help reduce fire activity thorughout #Arizona🔥. #AZFire

Please see today's smoke forecast issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the area around the #Tig...
07/07/2021

Please see today's smoke forecast issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the area around the #TigerFire. To access the ADEQ site directly: www.azdeq.gov.

Please see today's smoke forecast issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the area around the #TigerFire. To access the ADEQ site directly: www.azdeq.gov.

#TigerFire REMINDER: In Person Public Meeting Today (July 7, 2021)Time: 6:00 p.m.Location: Crown King Fire District, 307...
07/07/2021

#TigerFire

REMINDER: In Person Public Meeting Today (July 7, 2021)
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Crown King Fire District, 307 Main Street, Crown King, AZ 86343

#TigerFire

REMINDER: In Person Public Meeting Today (July 7, 2021)
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Crown King Fire District, 307 Main Street, Crown King, AZ 86343

Temporary Road Closure Due to #TigerFire Traffic ROAD CLOSURES: At the request of the incident management team, the Yava...
07/07/2021

Temporary Road Closure Due to #TigerFire Traffic

ROAD CLOSURES: At the request of the incident management team, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has closed the Crown King Road, County Road 59 between Crown King and Cleator effective at
8 a.m. today July 7, 2021, except for fire-related personnel.

Access to Crown King remains via Goodwin Road, County Road 177 to Senator Highway, Forest Road 52. High-clearance vehicles are recommended for travel on alternative routes into the community including Forest Road 711 and County Road 60 through Wagoner. The road has been closed for the safety of firefighters using heavy equipment working along County Road 59 in the closure area.

Bumble Bee road remains closed from Black Canyon City to the junction of County Roads 179 and 178.

Temporary Road Closure Due to #TigerFire Traffic

ROAD CLOSURES: At the request of the incident management team, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has closed the Crown King Road, County Road 59 between Crown King and Cleator effective at
8 a.m. today July 7, 2021, except for fire-related personnel.

Access to Crown King remains via Goodwin Road, County Road 177 to Senator Highway, Forest Road 52. High-clearance vehicles are recommended for travel on alternative routes into the community including Forest Road 711 and County Road 60 through Wagoner. The road has been closed for the safety of firefighters using heavy equipment working along County Road 59 in the closure area.

Bumble Bee road remains closed from Black Canyon City to the junction of County Roads 179 and 178.

07/07/2021

Heat shimmers across the recently sown field, the air is still and oppressive. Tortured earth, baking in the sun like pottery in a kiln. Slowly, movement, a puff of dirt, the breeze was setting up. Not a normal breeze, this is a breeze born from an imbalance, nothing can survive like this, the air must move. So it builds, moving down the fresh rows, sifting along the irrigation ditch and bumping up against the greener early growth. It swirls, a vortex forms and then is lofted viciously into the air. The hawks above feel the heat rising, a thousand feet or more, and into this column - the vortex soars, stretching and spinning. It brings the dust with it, weeds and objects are tossed around, this hot and unpleasant maelstrom. These things can be dangerous and this thing is a Dust Devil, avoid it, slow down, stay sharp.

Prescott National Forest reopens to public entry; Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and temporary wildfire area closures remain ...
07/07/2021

Prescott National Forest reopens to public entry; Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and temporary wildfire area closures remain in place https://go.usa.gov/x6eqs

Prescott National Forest reopens to public entry; Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and temporary wildfire area closures remain in place https://go.usa.gov/x6eqs

#TigerFire Forest Rescinds Stage 3 Restrictions, Fire Closure Area ImplementedPublic Information: (928) 925-1111 Email: ...
07/07/2021

#TigerFire
Forest Rescinds Stage 3 Restrictions, Fire Closure Area Implemented

Public Information: (928) 925-1111
Email: [email protected]
Size: 12, 133 acres
Containment: 0%
Cause: Lightning Location: 11 miles east of Crown King
Start Date: June 30, 3:45 p.m.
Incident Commander: Dave Gesser
Incident Personnel: 323

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Crown King community meeting in-person today, July 7 at 6 p.m. Location: Crown King Fire District - 397 Main Street
Crown King, AZ 86343
ROAD CLOSURES: At the request of the incident management team, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has closed the Crown King Road, County Road 59 between Crown King and Cleator effective at 8 a.m. today, July 7, 2021, except for fire related personnel. Access to Crown King remains via Goodwin Road, County Road 177 to Senator Highway, Forest Road 52. High-clearance vehicles are recommended for travel on alternative routes into the community including Forest Road 711 and County Road 60 through Wagoner. The road has been closed for the safety of firefighters using heavy equipment working along County Road 59 in the closure area. Bumble Bee road remains closed from Black Canyon City to the junction of County Roads 179 and 178.

Fire activity increased yesterday from the effects of a high-pressure weather system moving over Arizona, resulting in higher temperatures and lower humidity. Smoke columns within the fire perimeter were more visible. Crews completed a firing operation on the western perimeter to moderate fire movement westward into Horsethief Basin.

Today crews are continuing to prepare for a contingency firing operation off County Road 59 between Cleator and Crown King should conditions require that tactic in coming days and will monitor last night’s firing operation on the eastern border of Horsethief Basin. Others are patrolling, extinguishing hotspots, and securing the eastern perimeter of the fire.

WEATHER: Forecasts indicate a warming and drying trend this week which will continue to aggravate fire activity.

EVACUATIONS: Presently the communities of Crown King, Cleator and portions of Black Canyon City are in “READY” status, Lorena Gulch Cabins are in “SET” status and Horsethief Basin is in “GO” status in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

FOREST CLOSURES: Arizona’s publicly managed lands are in widely different levels of closure/restrictions. Those planning to visit Arizona’s outdoors should consult appropriate land management agency web sites immediately prior to planning a trip to determine current restrictions and emergency fire area closures. Visit: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions for current restrictions.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/ Prescott National Forest - Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottNF Prescott National Forest - Twitter: twitter.com/PrescottNF

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A Large Forest Fire has always scared me since I live in the dirt in 29 at this
Is this the Tiger Fire moving northward? We can see this from 89A that you take up to Jerome, looking south east
I can see this smoke from 89A driving down oat the Fairgrounds racetrack. Is this the Tiger fire moving up?
Do we have a white plane with dark blue wing tips, helping to fight the fires in AZ? I've seen one twice and I notice they are low flying...just curious. Thanks.
We have not had enough rain...please do not follow Coconino and Tonto... Please don't open yet
This is from around lynx lake yesterday I think someone needs to rethink open my forest if people don't want think
What about the gun site fire? Haven’t heard anything on it today
Is there any information on the Francis Fire by Prescott?
Is the Thumb Butte picnic area open?
We have now closed Your forest because we think you’re too stupid to act responsible. Please people just pay the ticket
Some person decided, he is oh so very special. Freeloader Site # 5 on Senator Highway had his name on.....today at 12:45.
If we can get to a trailhead without the use of a vehicle then why can't we use this order as a set of guidelines for the closures?This doesn't list hiking, biking or riding horses. Just curious.... § Federal Regulation 261.58 - Occupancy and use. When provided by an order, the following are prohibited: (a) Camping for a period longer than allowed by the order. (b) Entering or using a developed recreation site or portion thereof. (c) Entering or remaining in a campground during night periods prescribed in the order except for persons who are occupying such campgrounds. (d) Occupying a developed recreation site with prohibited camping equipment prescribed by the order. (e) Camping. (f) Using a campsite or other area described in the order by more than the number of users allowed by the order. (g) Parking or leaving a vehicle in violation of posted instructions. (h) Parking or leaving a vehicle outside a parking space assigned to one's own camp unit. (i) Possessing, parking or leaving more than two vehicles, except motorcycles or bicycles per camp unit. (j) Being publicly n**e. (k) Entering or being in a body of water. (l) Being in the area after sundown or before sunrise. (m) Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun. (n) Possessing or operating a motorboat. (o) Water skiing. (p) Storing or leaving a boat or raft. (q) Operating any watercraft in excess of a posted speed limit. (r) Launching a boat except at a designated launching ramp. (s) Possessing, storing, or transporting any bird, fish, or other animal or parts thereof, as specified in the order. (t) Possessing, storing, or transporting any part of a tree or other plant, as specified in the order. (u) Being in the area between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. except a person who is camping or who is visiting a person camping in that area. (v) Hunting or fishing. (w) Possessing or transporting any motor or mechanical device capable of propelling a watercraft through water by any means. (x) Using any wheel, roller, or other mechanical device for the overland transportation of any watercraft. (y) Landing of aircraft, or dropping or picking up any material, supplies, or person by means of an aircraft, including a helicopter. (z) Entering or being on lands or waters within the boundaries of a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. (aa) Riding, hitching, tethering or hobbling a horse or other saddle or pack animal in violation of posted instructions. (bb) Possessing a beverage which is defined as an alcoholic beverage by State law. (cc) Possessing or storing any food or refuse, as specified in the order. (dd) [Reserved] (ee) Depositing any body waste in caves except into receptacles provided for that purpose.