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Red flag warning in northern Arizona forests

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (CBS5) -

Warm temperatures, dry conditions and possibly strong winds have prompted a red flag warning for northern Arizona forests through 8 p.m. Monday.

The warning from the National Weather Service began at 11 a.m. Monday for much of the northern part of the state, including the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests, said Brady Smith of the Coconino National Forest.

Visitors to the forests are told to refrain from having a campfire across the forests, including in developed campgrounds, Smith said.

A red flag warning occurs when the forecast shows strong wind and low relative humidity creating an increased potential for large fire growth.

The campfire advisory remains in effect until the red flag warning ends. The National Weather Service is predicting a period of critical fire weather across much of northern Arizona today through Tuesday, Smith said.

The entire Coconino National Forest and the Williams and Tusayan Ranger districts of the Kaibab National Forest implemented campfire and smoking restrictions April 18. Fire restrictions have not been implemented on the North Kaibab Ranger District due to different weather and fuels conditions, Smith said.

Under the restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds, Smith said.

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