Fire danger increases across Kaibab Forest, Grand Canyon
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - As conditions continue to dry and warm across much of northern Arizona, fire managers on the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests and Grand Canyon National Park have moved several areas into "high" fire danger. Other areas remain in "low" or "moderate" fire danger because of localized moisture conditions.
"High" fire danger means wildfires can start easily from most causes. Small fuels, like grasses and needles, will ignite readily. Unattended campfires and brush fires are likely to escape and spread easily.
While there are no restrictions or closures in effect at this time, all forest and park visitors are asked to use caution with campfires and other potential fire sources such as cigarettes. Likewise, communities can reduce the risk of damage from potential wildfire by becoming knowledgeable about and engaged in actions to plan and protect their homes and neighborhoods from wildfires. More information is available at www.fireadapted.org.
Public land users are also reminded to be aware of red flag warnings or other fire weather conditions that may exist. More information is available at http://firerestrictions.us/az/.
More information about fire danger warnings is available from USFS Fire Information Officer Holly Krake at (928) 635-5653 or NPS Public Affairs Specialist Kirby Shedlowski at (928) 638-7958.