Hayden Butte fire during ASU graduation a reminder of extreme fire danger

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TEMP, Ariz. – Fireworks at Arizona State University’s graduation ceremony sparked a brush fire on Hayden Butte Thursday night.

Hayden Butte is a little portion of A Mountain, which is next to ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium.

Some people attending the event had to be diverted to the other side of the stadium, but the fire did not cause any major disruptions.

No injuries were reported, and while firefighters were able to knock down the flames quickly and minimize the damage, experts said the fire is a reminder of just how dry parts of the state are and how high the fire danger is running.

Because of that increased fire danger, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has joined other national forests in Arizona in banning campfires, charcoal, smoking and open flames.

The Tonto, Coconino and Coronado national forests already have open–fire bans in place for the season.

With the brush and trees as dry as they are, it doesn’t take much to spark a fire. The heat of spring and summer combines with low humidity and winds to create ideal weather for even the smallest fires to blow up and rage out of control.

Springtime typically brings fires caused by human activity, and land managers are urging the public to heed the restrictions.

On Monday, The Phoenix District and the Colorado River District of the Bureau of Land Management will put fires bans of their own in place.