PRESCOTT, AZ – July 1, 2021 – In observance of Independence Day, all Prescott National Forest offices and ranger stations will be close at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 2, 2021, and will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021. Virtual business hours will resume on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
If you are planning to visit public lands over the 4th of July weekend, know before you go. Full forest closures are in effect on the Prescott, Tonto, Kaibab, Apache-Sitgreaves and Coconino National Forests, along with Arizona State Trust lands.
The Prescott National Forest went into full closure on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 8 a.m. and will remain closed for the entire 4th of July weekend. Fire danger remains high and continues to threaten communities. The last time the Prescott National Forest went into a full forest closure was May 24, 2002 through July 19, 2002.
This closure order will be lifted only when sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce the risk of wildfire, and hot, dry weather conditions are no longer forecast to continue. Thus, there is no specific end date to this closure, as it will be dictated by weather and forest conditions. The entire National Forest needs to receive a significant amount of rain in order to rescind the closure—not just sporadic areas. We hope that with the onset of monsoon, conditions will change enough to allow the forest to reopen soon.
While the Prescott’s forest closure order is still in effect, Stage 2 fire restrictions apply to Lynx Lake and Granite Basin Lake, which remained open. All Prescott National Forest System lands, roads, and trails are closed, except for the following areas and roads:
· Lynx Lake – Road access to Lynx Lake remains open. Access to day-use recreation facilities on the North Shore of Lynx lake will be open through Forest Road 611. Forest Road 611 will remain open between County Road 57 (Walker Road) and North Shore day-use recreation facilities. Forest Road 623 will remain open between County Road 57 (Walker Road) and South Shore day-use recreation facilities. FS Trail – 311, which circumnavigates the Lynx Lake allowing access to the shoreline, will remain open. FS Trail 311 is directly accessible from North Shore and South Shore day-use facilities.
· Granite Basin Lake –Forest Road 374 will remain open from County Road 10 (Iron Springs Road to Granite Basin Lake. Road 374 provides direct access to day-use picnic areas and boat launch. Access to the shoreline around the lake will remain open for recreation.
· Goldwater Lake – Forest Road 9713E will remain open from County Road 56 (Senator Highway). Forest Road 9713E provides direct public access to City of Prescott parking recreation facilities on the east side of Goldwater Lake. The majority of Goldwater Lake is on City of Prescott property, and access to parts of Goldwater Lake on City of Prescott lands is not restricted by this order. The section of Upper Goldwater Lake that is located on Forest Service lands is the southwestern quarter of the lake. Public hiking access to the lake will be permitted to the shoreline of parts of the lake where it intersects Forest Service lands.