Fire restrictions remain in many national forests in AZ - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Fire restrictions remain in many national forests in AZ

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The U.S. Forest Service said campfire and smoking restrictions will remain in effect for national forests in central and northern Arizona, despite a weekend of rain and snow in many areas.

The precipitation will do little to combat the warm, dry and windy conditions forecast for this coming weekend, which is expected to dry out forest fuels and return the areas to high fire danger, forest officials said.

The affected national forests are Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, Tonto and Apache Sitgreaves.

Fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only.

The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds. On the Kaibab National Forest, restrictions apply only to the Williams and Tusayan Ranger districts, and on the Prescott National Forest, campfires are not allowed at designated dispersed sites within Prescott Basin.

"The storms that passed through over the weekend may have given us a slight reprieve, but we only expect their effects to last a few days," said Don Muise, fire and aviation staff officer for the Coconino National Forest. "It is important that we remain in fire restrictions because we expect conditions to very quickly return to where they have been. The precipitation we received was not sufficient to change the overall outlook for this fire season."

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Instant Pot: Stop using the Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker

    Instant Pot: Stop using the Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:41 PM EST2018-02-22 22:41:27 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:41 PM EST2018-02-22 22:41:27 GMT
    Instant Pot anticipates providing information on how to replace the Gem 65 multicooker in a few weeks. (Source: Instant Pot)Instant Pot anticipates providing information on how to replace the Gem 65 multicooker in a few weeks. (Source: Instant Pot)

    Instant Pot anticipates providing information on how to replace the Gem 65 multicooker in a few weeks.

    More >>

    Instant Pot anticipates providing information on how to replace the Gem 65 multicooker in a few weeks.

    More >>
  • US women beat Canada for gold in a 3-2 shootout thriller

    US women beat Canada for gold in a 3-2 shootout thriller

    Thursday, February 22 2018 2:34 AM EST2018-02-22 07:34:20 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:38 PM EST2018-02-22 22:38:51 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Slocum). United States celebrates winning gold after the women's gold medal hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). United States celebrates winning gold after the women's gold medal hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

    Twenty long years after taking gold when the sport debuted in 1998, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight Olympic golds with a 3-2 shootout victory.

    More >>

    Twenty long years after taking gold when the sport debuted in 1998, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight Olympic golds with a 3-2 shootout victory.

    More >>
  • Net neutrality ends April 23

    Net neutrality ends April 23

    Thursday, February 22 2018 4:00 PM EST2018-02-22 21:00:09 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:33 PM EST2018-02-22 22:33:36 GMT

    Net neutrality bars internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to online content, or prioritizing their own.

    More >>

    Net neutrality bars internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to online content, or prioritizing their own.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly