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Fire restrictions go in effect Wednesday in AZ

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) -

Agencies across Arizona are enacting fire restrictions ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

Federal agencies, cities and counties say they'll implement a ban on fires outside developed areas starting Wednesday. The Stage I restrictions also limit smoking to inside vehicles or buildings.

Officials say coordinating fire restrictions will help reduce the risk of wildfire across the state.

The restrictions don't apply to all public lands in Arizona. The Kaibab National Forest north of the Grand Canyon, for example, won't have any limits on where campfires can be built because the vegetation there isn't as dry.

Officials say the restrictions will remain in place until significant moisture arrives.

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