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First Weekend Of Stage One Fire Restrictions Didn’t Deter 13 Illegal Campfires Being Set On The Coconino National Forest

This past weekend was the first weekend under Stage One fire restrictions across Northern Arizona. The area also saw a weekend on a Red Flag Warning. Coconino National Forest officials say, there were still 13 illegal campfires that they tended to over the weekend, 12 came on Saturday. Stage One restrictions mean, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are prohibited in open spaces, except within a developed recreation site, or at private residences. Smoking is also prohibited in public places, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or a developed recreation site. Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest and state lands. According to the forest order, a person can be fined no more than $5,000 per person or $10,000 for an organization, and/or up to six months in jail. If you see smoke in the Coconino National Forest call, (928) 527-3552.