Despite the Stage I fire restrictions in place across the Coconino National Forest since June 15, rangers discovered 34 abandoned campfires last weekend. That hazard, plus hot weather and dry lightning, led the forest to declare Stage II restrictions starting Thursday. The upgrade puts stricter rules on fires, smoking, and using firearms and machinery.
Northern AZ National Forests Under Stage II Fire Restrictions Starting Friday
The Prescott, Coconino, and part of the Kaibab National Forests are toughening fire rules in response to high-risk conditions.