|Monsoon rains quench fire ban|
|Written by Staff Reporter|
|Thursday, 19 July 2012 00:00|
Due to recent rains, the city of Cottonwood lifted fire restrictions Tuesday, July 17.
In a similar move, the Prescott, Coconino and Kaibab national forests rescinded all fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, due to significant amounts of precipitation across the forests.
Cottonwood burn permits will be issued, and burning will be allowed in accordance with them. Permitted burning will be monitored on a day-to-day basis and may be restricted and/or suspended at any time when conditions warrant.
Residents are encouraged to continue to exercise caution and good judgment. The following suggestions will help keep the community safe:
■ Propane grills are preferred over charcoal grills during high fire danger periods.
■ Charcoal grills should have a functioning lid and be 10 feet from combustibles.
■ Keep a garden hose readily available nearby.
■ A competent, unimpaired adult should be in attendance until the fire is “dead out.”
■ Charcoal should be placed in a metal container and soaked with water after use to ensure complete extinguishment.
■ Fire agencies may establish additional requirements, up to and including the extinguishment of any fire, on a case-by-case basis to ensure the public health, safety and welfare of the community.
Contact CFD at 634-2741 or the Prescott National Forest at (928) 777-5799.