FLAGSTAFF-Campfire and smoking restrictions across the entire Coconino National Forest were implemented on Friday, June 8.
Fires, campfires, woodstove and charcoal fires will be allowed only in developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices meeting safety specifications will be allowed.
Smoking will be permitted within an enclosed vehicle or building or in a developed recreation area. Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest lands.
"Fire danger on the Coconino has increased to very high," said Coconino National Forest Fire Management officer Bruce Greco. "We put these restrictions in place to reduce the likelihood of human-caused fires."
Campfire and smoking restrictions will remain in place across all districts of the Kaibab National Forest.
The restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of a human-caused wildfire, usually with the onset of summer monsoon rains.
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.
For current information on fire restrictions on the Coconino National Forest call (928) 527-3600 or visit www.coconinoforest.us. For additional information about fire restrictions on public lands in Arizona and New Mexico, call toll free 1-(877) 864-6985 or visit http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/.