With 4th of July celebrations getting underway, Prescott National Forest officials are reminding visitors that fire restrictions are still in effect. These restrictions prohibit campfires and smoking, chainsaws, welding, explosives, fireworks and the discharging of a firearm. Officials note the area is in a critical time of fire prevention until significant moisture is received. There has been a low incidence of human caused fires, but officials continue to see shooting for target practice. If you witness a fire restrictions violation, such as target practice or an illegal campfire that poses a threat, call 911. Gas grills and gas fireplaces are still allowed on the Forest. Please be certain you are witnessing a violation before you call it in. Violation of any fire restriction orders is punishable by a maximum of a 5,000 dollar fine, 6 months imprisonment or both.
For a second straight year, a Phoenix apparel shop has made T-shirts to remember the fallen Granite Mountain Hot Shots. Mark Daus with X-Treme Apparel says he didn’t waste any time when he heard the 19 Hot Shots had died 1 year ago today. Seven out of every 10 dollars of T-shirt sales is going to the 100 Club’s fund for first responders. Last year’s sales topped 150 thousand dollars, and Daus says he hopes there’s another strong response. The shirts and other products can be viewed online at x-tremeapparel.com.