By The Associated Press
The Grand Canyon has become the latest place in Arizona to ban campfires.
The National Park Service says hot, dry and windy conditions have increased the fire danger at the canyon.
Starting Friday morning, all wood burning fires are prohibited at campgrounds and in residential areas at the South Rim.
The restrictions are expected to last until the monsoon season arrives.
Several national forests in the state, including the Coronado in the south, the Tonto in the east and the Prescott in the north, have banned fires. The Arizona State Forestry Division also has banned fires and smoking in all state parks, recreational areas and outdoors in transportation corridors.
Several large wildfires have ravaged parts of the state already this year, the biggest being a 17,000-acre blaze on the Tonto National Forest near Prescott. That fire and most others in the state have been contained.
The state's one active large fire is called the Montezuma and has burned 1,700 acres on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation south of Sells in Southern Arizona. It was reported at 90 percent containment Friday morning by the federal Incident Information System website.