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Fire Ban

Notice of Fire Ban in Yavapai County

In accordance with Yavapai County Ordinance No. 2012-1, Section V. Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Chairman, Rowle Simmons has signed an interim order to enact a fire ban within Yavapai County.


This determination is based upon the implementation of fire restrictions by the following jurisdictions: Prescott National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and local fire districts and fire departments which will be imposed on April 20, 2018, at 8:00 A.M.


The restrictions are due to little precipitation since the end of last summer’s monsoon season across Yavapai County, and the combination of windy conditions and warmer temperatures which are quickly drying out the tall vegetation. These conditions create the potential for a large fire event. The fire ban covers the unincorporated areas of the Yavapai County. Each fire department or fire district has the authority to apply fire restrictions for their respective jurisdiction. Please check with your local fire jurisdiction for more information.


The county ban prohibits all open fires and campfires. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are expressly prohibited. Other types of outdoor fires banned are those that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps. 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 determination includes the following Fire Ban Zones: All of Yavapai County to include the Central Zone, Southern Zone, Northern Zone, and Eastern Zone.


Know before you go - for current information on fire restrictions please visit: or or by calling 1-877-864-6985.

2017 Golden Plate Awards for Yavapai County


On March 21st  and April 4th, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, along with Yavapai County Community Health Services Director, Leslie Horton, distributed the 2017 Golden Plate Awards to food establishments located in Yavapai County at the Board of Supervisors meetings in Cottonwood and Prescott Arizona.  A total of 241 food establishments received the award for the year 2017. 


To receive this award a food establishment must meet three criteria:

1)  Operate throughout the entire calendar year 2017 without a cited critical food handling violation.

2)  Have an approved and implemented food safety plan.

3)  Have a person-in-charge with an accepted and current manager-level food safety certificate through-out the year.


Leslie Horton said, “It is amazing to see restaurants like Acme Pizza win this award 11 years running.  It really shows how dedicated these businesses are to providing quality food and services to the residents of Yavapai County.”


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “if any of you want to know about the places you eat, access the reports online.  I am going to tell you it is an eye opener.”


For a complete list of Golden Plate award winners go to


For a complete list of food establishment inspections visit:

Renewing the 1/4 cent sales tax

During the months of January and February, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will be holding meetings with organizations all across Yavapai County to discuss and answer questions about the ballot issue coming to a vote in March of this year.  The issue at hand is the extension of the ¼-cent sales tax that funds nearly 50% of the current Yavapai County Jail system.   Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “This is not a new tax, this is simply the extension of the current sales tax that has been in place for nearly twenty years.”
State House Representative Noel Campbell attended one of the meetings hosted by the League of Women Voters on Saturday 1/6/18 to show his support in favor of a “Yes” vote on this issue and said, “This is not a partisan issue.  The government has three essential things they have to do and they are Public Education, Transportation and Public Safety.  The Jail system is part of Public Safety and that is why I am endorsing it.  Please tell your friends that we need to have this jail tax pass.”
State House Representative David Stringer was also on hand in support of this issue and said, “I am also here to endorse the extension of the quarter cent sales tax and I do so for three reasons.  The first being that it is needed. This tax provides for a large percentage of the funding for operating our jail.  The second is because it is a sales tax that supports a vital part of public safety that we all benefit from equally and it is only fair that we all contribute equally. The third is because it is an existing tax already in place. Yavapai County is not asking for anything new.”
A little history: In the year 1999 the Yavapai County Jail District was established and in 2000, nearly 70% of those voting on this issue agreed that a sales tax to pay for the jail was the right way to fund the state mandated jail system.  Now twenty years later, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors are asking the residents of Yavapai County to renew this tax for an additional twenty years.
For more information on upcoming meetings, or to schedule one for your organization, please visit or David McAtee at 928-442-5509. 

Low-interest Federal Disaster Loans Available

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses and residents affected by the post-fire flooding from monsoon storms that began July 19, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Douglas A. Ducey on Aug. 1.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave and Yavapai counties.

Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Mayer Recreation Center
10001 S. Wicks Ave.
Mayer, AZ 86333
Opens 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8
Mondays - Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closes 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Oct. 2, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 3, 2018. 

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