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Apr 14, 2012 3:48 PM

Flagstaff group pushing for forest campfire ban

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A Flagstaff group is pushing for campfire bans outside developed campgrounds on five national forests in northern and central Arizona.

Campfires Limited wants the ban to be in place annually from May 1 to July 15.

The group is approaching fire departments across the Mogollon Rim, elected officials for six counties, officials for at least 10 northern Arizona towns, Arizona's congressional delegation, and the regional office of the U.S. Forest Service to seek new policies.

About 1 million acres burned in wildfires across Arizona last year, with national forests counting for more than 90 percent of that area.

Campfires Limited tells the Arizona Daily Sun that Flagstaff's forests are abnormally dense and prone to large wildfires and the Forest Service lacks adequate staffing to patrol for all fires.

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