Coconino National Forest has updated a forest order that restricts an additional 25,000 acres near residential areas from camping and camp fires. Reporter Cristiana Ramos talked to Public Affairs officer Brady Smith who says the forest order will help reduce the number of wildfires in Flagstaff… and in case of a fire it will give firefighters a fighting chance to protect the community.
Smith also says there is a big sanitation problem in national forests across the country…. Updating the order will help mitigate the number of people who are using the forest for residential purposes.
Flagstaff resident Rich thinks the restrictions are a good idea because they help keep forests clean… Another Flagstaff resident, Austin Rhoda doesn’t think the camping restrictions are necessary if people aren’t building fires.
Regardless, the order is now in effect and forest service will begin putting up signage and other clear markers to keep the community aware.