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Fire restrictions begin today on Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts of Kaibab forest

To prevent human caused fires, beginning today the Forest Service will limit where people can build campfires and where they can smoke on the Williams and Tusayan Ranger districts of the Kaibab National Forest.

The restrictions limit fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves to developed campgrounds only. The restrictions also confine smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds. Devices that solely use liquid petroleum or liquefied petroleum gas that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas without flammable materials.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today and tomorrow for much of northern Arizona including all of the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests because of strong winds and low relative humidity.

Under the Forest Service restrictions, fires are allowed in developed campgrounds only. However, during Red Flag Warning conditions, the Forest service advises visitors to refrain from having fires anywhere on the forest, including in developed campgrounds.

A Red Flag Warning occurs when the forecast shows strong wind and low relative humidity creating an increased potential for large fire growth. The campfire advisory remains in effect until the Red Flag Warning ends.

The National Weather Service predicts that over the next several days, periods of strong winds will combine with low relative humidity to create critical fire weather conditions. Visitors to the forests should use extreme caution.

The Forest Service has not put restrictions in place on the North Kaibab Ranger District because of different weather and fuel conditions.

The restrictions will stay in place until the forests receive significant precipitation.

More information is available at www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab.

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