(Posted on May 15, 2012 at 2:40 p.m.) In cooperation with the National Forests and local fire districts and departments, the Board of Supervisors have approved a Declaration of Fire Emergency from Emergency Management to put in effect county-wide fire-use restrictions across all fire ban zones: Northern, Central Southern and Eastern commencing Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 12:00 Noon.
The county ban prohibits all open fires and campfires. Other types of outdoor fires banned are those that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are expressly prohibited.
The ban also prohibits the outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws. Variances for businesses however, can be requested.
The county ban allows cooking on charcoal barbecue grills as long as they are covered, and it will allow the use of store-bought fire pits if they also have screened covers that do not allow sparks to pass through.
Petroleum-fueled stoves or lanterns and enclosed charcoal barbeque grills operated in residential yards are exempted from this prohibition, but the public is urged to exercise extreme caution in the use of such stove, lanterns or grills.
Anyone needing further information should contact their local fire departments or districts.
(Source: Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management)