With the recent closures of the Coconino, Kaibab, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and the upcoming closure of Prescott National Forest at 8 a.m. on Friday (June 26), many travel and recreation plans have been shelved, according to AZ Central.
The closures of these Arizona destinations have been put in place due to ongoing wildfires, dry conditions and lack of manpower to combat the spreading fires and impact many popular camping and recreation areas.
Peopel are ready to escape the heat, but closures of these forests mean that all destinations and campgrounds within the forests boundaries will be off limits to the public. Heading into those areas could result in fines or even arrest.
Violations carry a mandatory appearance in federal court, punishable as a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or up to six months in prison, or both.