Open flames banned in four Arizona forests starting Wednesday

June 17, 2013

Four more Arizona forests, the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto, are taking fire restrictions up a notch this week.  National Forest Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Banks says 'open flame' fires will be banned in those forests beginning Wednesday morning,

“It’s really important that people realize just how dry it is across Arizona,” Banks said. “Conditions are ripe for large fires, and what we want to do is try to prevent human-caused fires.”

Banks says fire danger is very high right now and with the current conditions she wouldn't be surprised to see extreme fire conditions posted in the next week or so.

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