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Forests in Arizona lifting, reducing some fire restrictions

Forest Closures
Posted at 12:00 PM, Jul 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-16 15:00:41-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Recent rain and cooler temperatures are prompting several national forests across Arizona to lift or scale back prohibitions and other restrictions on campfires and other open-flame activities that were previously implemented to reduce the threat of severe wildfires.

Forests announcing changes effective Friday included Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab Prescott and Tonto.

Some forests said they still have closures and restrictions in some areas due to active wildfires and other circumstances. The Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino and Kaibab forests said they rescinded all fire restrictions, while the Prescott and Tonto forests said they were reducing restrictions on fire and shooting but still prohibiting fires and smoking in some settings.