U.S. Forest Service

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

State and federal fire managers are putting more campfire restrictions in place Tuesday as conditions in Arizona continue to dry out. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Shaula Hedwall

The Museum Fire burned nearly two thousand acres north of Flagstaff last July. The area is home to a federally threatened species, the Mexican Spotted Owl, and the fire affected three patches of habitat set aside for them, called Protected Activity Centers. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with two wildlife biologists about how the owls are doing now, Shaula Hedwall of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Julia Camps of the Coconino National Forest.

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Graham County

Officials with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are urging the public to adhere to the campfire ban put into effect two weeks ago.

Coconino National Forest

Federal officials this week banned campfires on all six of Arizona’s national forests in response to the coronavirus outbreak. It was meant to cut down on human-caused wildfires, protect employees and the public, and ensure resources are available for the fire season that’s just beginning in the state. The pandemic has caused fire managers to rethink many of their strategies. True Brown is the acting deputy fire staff officer on the Coconino National Forest and spoke with KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius about what operational changes are in the works for firefighters.