Prescott National Forest

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New restrictions aimed at preventing human-caused wildfires are about to take effect in two northern Arizona national forests.

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Fire restrictions went into effect in several areas of northern Arizona Thursday morning. Officials with the Prescott National Forest have implemented a stage 1 ban, and the Sedona Fire District also put restrictions in place within the city. A ban is also in place for all unincorporated lands in Yavapai County. 

There was a surge in the number of abandoned campfires over the holiday weekend, according to National Forest officials. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Fire restrictions begin Wednesday at four national forests around Arizona.

Campfire and smoking restrictions will be enforced on the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

Fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed under the restrictions only in developed campgrounds managed by concessionaires or have campground hosts.

The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds.

The producers behind a movie about the elite firefighting team that lost 19 members in a 2013 Arizona wildfire assure the story focuses on the firefighters' dedication, not the way in which they died.

The Arizona Republic reports that "Granite Mountain" is slated to start production Monday with a cast that includes Josh Brolin and Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly.

Most of the movie will be filming in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico, due in part to the Arizona heat.

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