Fire restrictions for several national forests in northern Arizona are now in effect.
Stage 1 imposed fire restrictions include the prohibition of campfires and use of stoves fueled by charcoal, coal or wood except within a developed recreation site. Smoking is prohibited except in a vehicle, inside a building or within a developed recreation site for Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto. Fireworks and target shooting are also prohibited in national forests.
The Kaibab forest’s restrictions also apply to the Williams and Tusayan districts south of the Grand Canyon.
The city of Flagstaff are also under Stage 1 fire restrictions.
Southeastern Arizona’s Coronado National Forest, which usually issues fire restrictions later than most forests in the state, is currently not under any restrictions.
Campfires will only be allowed within developed campsites or picnic areas.
Below-average precipitation in January through April has created abnormally dry conditions to continue across northern Arizona.
Violations of fire restrictions could result in fines or jail time. The restrictions is expected stay in place until the start of the monsoon season.
For more information visit: wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions