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Additional fire restrictions to be implemented on Kaibab National Forest Saturday

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Kaibab National Forest officials plan to implement additional fire restrictions on the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts at 8 a.m. Saturday. Under these restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal or wood stoves are prohibited on the forest, including in developed campgrounds. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings. Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest System lands.

In addition, the Bill Williams Mountain Watershed on the Williams Ranger District will be closed to entry. The watershed closure area description is National Forest Lands bounded to the east by Fourth Street and County Road 73, to the south by Forest Service Road (FSR) 122, to the west by FSR 108 and to the north by Interstate 40.

Other restrictions prohibit using a chainsaw from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., discharging a firearm unless engaged in a lawful hunt, welding, or operating an internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order. These restrictions are deemed necessary to protect public health and provide for safety due to high fire danger.

"Given the current and predicted weather and fuels conditions, we need to take these precautions to prevent wildfires from starting. We thank the public for their continued cooperation," said Martie Schramm, Williams District Ranger.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters that can be turned off are allowed.

The fire restrictions will remain in place until the forest receives significant precipitation. Violation of the prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

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