GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - Fire restrictions at the Grand Canyon are expanding to include charcoal fires and the North Rim.
The new restrictions go into effect Wednesday in all areas of the park, except the Colorado River corridor.
Officials say the risk of wildfires is too high to allow campfires, charcoal barbeques or warming fires in campgrounds or residential areas. Gas grills are OK.
They don't expect to lift the restrictions until significant rain falls at the canyon.
Officials also are advising smokers to light up only on paved surfaces or in an enclosed vehicle, and motorists to be aware of driving in areas with dry vegetation.
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