FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Five of the six national forests in Arizona and state trust land will close down due to fire conditions around our state. It's all due to the fire danger, dry conditions and wildfire activity around the state.
Anyone caught violating the closure can face a mandatory court appearance, fines and/or time in prison. Here's a look at the restrictions in Arizona.
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
It counts as one forest and its full closure started on Thursday, June 24, at 6 a.m. The announcement came after officials said more than two dozen fires were started in the forest. The closure will last until Sept. 1, unless officials decide to rescind it earlier than that. For more information, click/tap here.
Coconino National Forest
The entire national forest has been closed since Wednesday, June 23, at 8 a.m. A spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said personnel have been going through the Coconino National Forest since Monday to notify people about the closure.
"We can't guarantee that we are able to contact everyone in the Forest. It is over 1.8 million acres," Brady Smith said Wednesday in response to questions from Arizona's Family. "There are signs posted and instructions for those who may get locked behind a gate. As well, we continue to patrol."
Smith said there will be signs about the Coconino National Forest closure "at almost every entry point into the forest from the main highways." They also said the gates at main entry points will be closed and barricades will be set up. For more information, click/tap here.
Coronado National Forest
Stage II fire restrictions were implemented at the end of May, which means no campfires, smoking or shooting guns in the forest. However, the forest is not closed at this time. For more information, click/tap here.
The full closures mean the public is prohibited from entering any part of the forest at any time. Those with private property in the national forest, utility support, and firefighters will still be able to access the area.
The Forest Service will attempt to reach as many people as possible to begin leaving campsites. For the latest, click/tap here.
Kaibab National Forest
The entire forest closed starting on Wednesday, June 23, at 8 a.m. It means no one is allowed into the forest unless they own property there or are a first responder. While parts of the forest, which is located in northwestern Arizona, may receive rain during the next few weeks, it'll be up to the officials when the forest will be reopened. The forest closure doesn't impact the Grand Canyon. For more information, click/tap here.
Prescott National Forest
Prescott National Forest closed at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 25. That closure could remain in place for several weeks. However, access to Lynx Lake, Granite Basin Lake and Goldwater Lake will be available for guests. Goldwater Lake is mostly on City of Prescott property. For a map and more details on the closure, click/tap here and here. For more information on the forest, click/tap here.
Tonto National Forest
Most of Tonto National Forest shut down on Friday at 8 a.m. Open areas including Roosevelt Lake, Bartlett Reservoir around the dam, Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake and Lower Salt River, Tortilla Flat Restaurant, Houston Mesa campground and Roosevelt Lake View Mobile Home Park. Officials said 26 recreation sites will remain open, including the marinas for the major lakes, Cottonwood Cove picnic area, Bartlett Flats campground and more. For a map and a full list of the closures, click/tap here.
State Trust Land
State officials closed state trust land throughout Arizona for recreational activities at 8 a.m. on Friday. That includes hunting, camping and off-roading. Arizona has more than 9 million acres of state trust lands. Arizona trust lands are scattered throughout the state, with the majority of it being in rural areas. For more information, click/tap here.
Wildfires in Arizona
There are currently about two dozen wildfires burning in Arizona, including the Rafael Fire which is impacting areas outside of Flagstaff.