The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management will return to Stage I fire restrictions as wildfire danger increases in the absence of monsoon rains.
Campfires and smoking outside developed campsites will be prohibited starting Friday on state lands in Coconino County south of the Grand Canyon and in Yavapai County. Heightened Stage II restrictions remain in effect north of the Grand Canyon and in Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave and Yuma counties. All fires and outdoor smoking are banned in those areas.
Meanwhile, Coconino County and the Prescott National Forest will also re-implement fire restrictions because of a lack of rain. The order allows campfires only in developed recreation areas and campgrounds within a metal ring or on a pedestal. The restrictions also go back into place Friday morning.
In addition, the Coconino and Kaibab national forests will return to fire restrictions, which will remain in effect until wildfire danger decreases. Most locations in the region have received about half of their average precipitation so far during this monsoon season.