Apache Sitgreaves joins in on fire restrictions

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Apache Sitgreaves National Forest is joining northern Arizona agencies in limiting where people can smoke and build fires.

The eastern Arizona forest plans to enact the lowest level of fire restrictions Tuesday. That means campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds, and smoking is limited to within enclosed vehicles, in buildings and in areas cleared of all flammable material.

Forest Supervisor Jim Zornes says neighboring forests already have had significant fire behavior that is unusual for April.

Fire restrictions go into effect Friday for the Coconino, Tonto, Prescott and parts of the Kaibab national forests. The cities of Prescott and Flagstaff also are on board with restrictions.

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