Did you know that you may help out the Crown King Fire Department simply by logging the hours that you spend cleaning up brush and slash on your property? For every hour that you spend making your home fire wise, the CKFD will receive an In-Kind contribution. This grant will aid in our financial obligations for ordering state services to reduce fuels and keep our town safe.
CKFD is able to receive this In-Kind contribution if you complete a simple timesheet that documents your efforts. This timesheet is available at Fire Station 1 or click the button below for a copy that can be dropped off at the Station. Your help is greatly appreciated and contributes to making our town safe! Fill out one sheet per person working on the property.
In-Kind Service Forms can be downloaded here.
Fire Restriction information
Fire restrictions in unincorporated areas of Yavapai County are governed by Prescott National Forest, Yavapai County and the local Fire District. Each of these entities use the guidelines below from the Arizona State Forestry division. Fire restrictions can be altered as necessary by each district.
Below are minimal descriptions of fire restrictions. Refer to official release information when each incident is announced.
Fire Restrictions Defined
Stage 1 Fire Restriction Prohibitions
- Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area is prohibited. Exemptions include persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off.
- Smoking is prohibited unless: it is within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
- The discharging or using of any kind of fireworks and incendiary devices is prohibited.
- Welding or operating acetylene or other torch device with an open flame is prohibited.
- Any federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
- All land within a city boundary is exempt unless otherwise stated in city ordinance.*
*Crown King private properties are unincorporated areas governed by Yavapai County ordinances.
Stage 2 Fire Restriction Prohibitions
- Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites is prohibited. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is permitted. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, is prohibited.
- Discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations is prohibited.
- Mechanical and Industrial prohibitions:
A. Operating any internal combustion engine.
B. No chainsaw use from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M.
C. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
D. Using an explosive.
- Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. This process can be utilized in cases where public works and public utility emergency repairs are necessary.
- Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.
- Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
- Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads so long as you park in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway.
- Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
- Any federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force or other authorized personnel in the performance of an official duty.
Stage 3 Fire Restrictions – Forest Closure
During Stage 3, or “Forest Closure,” ALL ENTRY IS PROHIBITED due to the extreme fire danger.
At times, National Forests may close specific geographic areas–referred to as “Area Closures”–or the entire forest. Wherever a closure is implemented, the public cannot enter any National Forest lands, roads, or trails.
Important projects cease in those areas, meaning work comes to a complete stop for things such as forest restoration, timber thinning, watershed preservation and restoration, trails and forest road maintenance, campsite maintenance, and post-fire restoration.
During full forest closures, there is no accessing lakes, streams, creeks or ponds–including Horsethief Lake and popular destinations operating under special use permits.