Fire danger forces partial closures at some forests

(Flagstaff-AP) -- After a string of recent wildfires, forest
officials are closing down more than 60 percent of the Coconino
National Forest.
All activities -- including hiking, walking and picnicking --
are banned in the area near Flagstaff.
The open parts of the forest will have campfire restrictions in
place.
This is only the third time in nearly 30 years that the forest
has been closed.
Officials say the forest will be reopened when there's more
rain.
Officials from the Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests
in central and eastern Arizona plan to meet early this week and
could also announce partial closures.
The Prescott National Forest may not be far behind.
Concerns are running high after a wildfire last week near
Prescott charred more than 13-hundred acres and burned seven
buildings.
Although a total closure isn't under consideration,
Apache-Sitgreaves officials could decide to close the forests
around Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Greer, Alpine and Heber.

(Thanks to William Pitts, KVRD)