Coconino National Forest officials expanded campfire and smoking restrictions to the entire national forest, including
developed campgrounds and recreation sites, Wednesday morning.
This prohibits all fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves and limits smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings.
Pressurized liquid or gas stoves and lanterns meeting safety specifications are allowed. Approved stoves and lanterns include devices that can be turned off.
Violations of restrictions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forests.
Fire prevention staff will continue aggressively patrolling, especially on weekends to inform campers of the fire restrictions. Last weekend was relatively quiet as far as fire activity on the Coconino National Forest, with most campers compliant with fire restrictions.
For additional information, call (928) 527-3600.