Over 270,000 acres has burned so far this year

According to Arizona State Forestry, more than 270,000 acres of forest lands has burned so far this wildfire season. That’s already 70,000-acres more than burned in 2016. Wildfire season started early this year, which has contributed to the higher acreage and conditions have been extremely dry through May and June, which is also different from last year. Residents and visitors are reminded that Stage-2 Fire Restrictions are in place in many locations in the state, including all of Yavapai and Coconino Counties. Stage 2 restrictions mean campfires and the use of charcoal are banned, even in designated campgrounds; target shooting is prohibited; the use of grinders and welders requires a permit from your fire district or department and smoking is only allowed in enclosed buildings.