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Stage Two Fire Restrictions Are In Effect Across Northern Arizona

Stage Two fire restrictions are now in effect across Northern Arizona. All five forests, along with cities and counties entered Stage Two at 8 a.m. Thursday. Officials say due to warmer weather conditions, increased fire dangers and public safety, the time is now to go into the next level of restrictions. Stage Two restrictions means any fires will be prohibited inside or outside a controlled campground, with the exception of fire pits, BBQ grills, etc. that use propane or pressurized liquid petroleum gas fuels. Smoking will also be prohibited across the forest, unless it’s done an enclosed building or vehicle. Between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by a gasoline engine won’t be allowed, as well as using an explosive, blasting, welding or operating a torch will be prohibited. Fireworks are never allowed on forest service land. Fire restrictions will remain in place until the forest receives adequate precipitation. Violation of the restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, six months in jail or both. If anyone spots illegal campfires in the Coconino National Forest, they should be reported to the Coconino National Forest Dispatch Center at (928) 527-3552 or the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at (928) 774-4523, extension 1.