Prescott NF Offices Closed Monday in Observance of Juneteenth
All Prescott National Forest offices will be closed on Monday, June 20, 2022, in observance of the Juneteenth federal holiday. Last year, legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Biden established Juneteenth as a federal holiday to commemorate the day in 1865 when Union soldiers brought news of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation to the approximately 250,000 enslaved people in Texas. Since June 19 is on a Sunday this year, the holiday will be observed on Monday.
Although our offices will be closed, many of us will be working to support fire response and public safety. Offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
Visitors are reminded that the entire Prescott National Forest is in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.
REMINDER – Stage 2 Fire Restrictions prohibit the following:
1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including charcoal, coal, and briquettes. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a).
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three (3) feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(d).
3. Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(i).
4. Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun. 36 C.F.R. § 261.58(m).
5. THE FOLLOWING ACTS ARE PROHIBITED FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 8:00 P.M.: Operating a
chainsaw or other equipment operated by an internal combustion engine. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(h), (j).
For information on recreational opportunities on the Prescott National Forest visit: Prescott National Forest – Recreation
Know Before You Go! The public can obtain current state and federal fire restrictions information across Arizona on the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information website . The map is a culmination of work from federal, state, and local agencies who hope to explain to the public where it is safe to have fires and where it’s not. The map shows all fire restrictions in New Mexico and Arizona.