Arizona campers are lighting unapproved fires despite restrictions imposed on state and federal lands.
The U.S. Forest Service said this past weekend, rangers responded to 16 illegal campfires in Coconino County and five abandoned campfires not properly extinguished in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
There were two small, human-caused fires and five abandoned campfires in the Tonto National Forest and four illegal campfires in Prescott. One of those was not adequately put out, said Forest Service spokeswoman Cathie Schmidlin.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Bureau of Land Management have also implemented a number of fire restrictions in recent days.
State Forester Scott Hunt says Arizona has seen an increase in wildfires in the last few weeks and most have been sparked by people.
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