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Fire danger level raised in Northern Arizona

PHOENIX -- Arizona's fire season is coming early this year thanks to the dry and warm winter.

Areas around Sedona were already considered to have a high fire danger last week. Parts of Grand Canyon National Park, as well as the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests were raised to a high fire danger rating Tuesday.

Flagstaff had only 35 inches of snow this winter. They should have more than 100 inches by now.

"We're about six to seven weeks ahead of our historical date for moving into high fire danger," said Holly Krake with the Forest Service.

Krake said there are no closures or fire restrictions yet for visitors but all forest and park visitors are asked to use caution with campfires and other ignition sources such as cigarettes and they're asking property owners to get to work.

"This would include removing brush around homes and outbuildings to create a defensible space," she said. "Property owners can learn more about protecting their homes and neighborhoods from wildfires at fireadapted.org."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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