Arizona increases fire restrictions, warns public of high potential for wildfires in Coconino, Prescott, Tonto, Apache-Sitgreaves and portions of the Kaibab national forests

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona , April 18, 2014 () – The list of agencies enacting fire restrictions in Arizona is growing.

Coconino County and the State Forestry Division are joining Prescott, Flagstaff and northern Arizona forests in limiting where people can smoke and build fires, starting Friday.

The lowest level of fire restrictions go into effect Tuesday in eastern Arizona's Apache Sitgreaves National Forest.

Visitors to that forest, as well as the Tonto, Prescott, Coconino and Kaibab forests can build campfires only in developed campgrounds. Smoking will be limited to within enclosed vehicles, in buildings and in areas cleared of all flammable material.

The restrictions don't apply to part of the Kaibab National Forest north of the Grand Canyon.

Officials say the potential is high for wildfires, and they're seeking the public's help to prevent the blazes.

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