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Fire danger prompts campfire ban at Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- Camping in some areas of the Grand Canyon will mean doing so without a campfire.

Starting Friday, all wood burning and charcoal fires will be banned throughout the national park, including in residential areas. The exception is along the Colorado River.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves that can be turned off are OK.

Park officials said the restrictions are due to increased fire danger at the Grand Canyon. The hot, dry conditions are expected to remain until the monsoon arrives.

Firefighters are managing a wildfire that's nearly 7 square miles at the canyon. They said it's 50 percent contained and will be allowed to keep burning to restore the ecosystem.

The Kaibab National Forest north of the Grand Canyon also is banning campfires starting Friday.

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