Kaibab National Forest to begin fire restrictions

(Source: http://www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab)
(Source: http://www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab)

By Emilio Neriz, Tucson News Now Intern

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest will be implementing the first stage of campfire and smoking restrictions beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday to protect the public and reduce human­-caused fires.

Under this restriction, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only. This restriction will limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or in developed campgrounds as well, according to a news release.

The entire Coconino National Forest and the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts have already implemented such restrictions making The North Kaibab Ranger District the only area on the Kaibab National Forest that has not yet entered into fire restrictions.

Devices that are solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off will be allowed in areas that are clear of flammable materials.

Visitors of the forest are urged to use extreme caution when recreating on the Kaibab and Coconino National Forest due to dry, warm and windy conditions making the fire danger rating "very high."

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