Night Patrols Seek Out Campfires During Restrictions

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Four agencies will begin patrolling the skies and land of Flagstaff, Coconino National Forest and Coconino County as part of the enforcement of fire restrictions implemented Friday.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety will begin flying patrols Tuesday night. Crews will search for any campfires in the area and continue periodic patrols throughout the next two weeks in an effort to keep large wildfires from igniting.

If DPS locates a campfire, they will notify the Flagstaff Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Forest Service Law Enforcement, which will then locate and cite violators.

Individuals who violate fire restrictions will be cited and can be fined up to $5,000 and/or serve up to six months in jail. However, the cost is much greater for an individual if their campfire results in a wildfire.

The current fire danger in Coconino National Forest is very high and the city, county and national forests in northern Arizona have all implemented fire restrictions on campfires, fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays.

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