Forest Visitors Advised To Refrain From Having Campfires

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The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning today (April 29) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for most of Arizona. Red Flag warning means no campfires.

Red Flag warnings are generally accompanied by strong winds and low relative humidity causing an increased potential for large fire growth. Campers are advised to refrain from having a campfire until the Red Flag warning expires, usually after sundown when winds subside.

If you do have a campfire after the warning expires, observe the following guidelines:

• Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five feet in all directions.

• Make a fire only if you have a shovel and sufficient water to put it out.

• Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.

• Never leave your campfire unattended.

• Avoid making a campfire during the windy part of the day.

• To make sure your campfire is out, drown with water and stir with dirt, making sure all burned materials are extinguished. Feel with your hand to make sure it’s out cold.

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