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Coconino County Sheriff's Office reports significant uptick in Memorial Day Weekend calls

Bear Canyon Lake Fire
Coconino County Sheriff's Office
Officials responded to only one significant wildfire in Coconino County over Memorial Day Weekend 2022. It was a 15-acre blaze near Bear Canyon Lake that was quickly contained near dispersed campsites.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to more than a thousand calls for service over Memorial Day Weekend.

It was a significant uptick from the holiday weekend last year that saw about 700 calls.

About 20% of the calls this year involved forest and community patrols and many were related to outdoor recreation.

Deputies along with officers from the U-S Forest Service and other agencies focused on fire restrictions and off-road vehicle enforcement.

According to officials, one significant wildfire was reported in the county.

It was a 15-acre fire at Bear Canyon Lake near several dispersed campsites that’s believed to have been caused by an abandoned campfire.

Deputies gave out a dozen citations for violating fire restrictions over the weekend.