Fire restrictions decreased in Northern Arizona forests

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As monsoon rains begin soaking some forest land, managers with the Coconino and Kaibab national forests are lowering burning restrictions.

Starting Wednesday, fire restrictions will be decreased across the forests from Stage II to Stage I. This means fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves will be allowed in developed campgrounds only.

The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings, or in developed campgrounds. Using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed in areas that are clear of flammable materials.

The Kaibab National Forest will lift the closure of the Bill Williams Mountain Watershed.

Fire management officials for both forests caution visitors that fire season is still not over. The Fossil Creek area on the Coconino National Forest will remain closed due to the high fire danger and will not reopen until the area receives significant moisture.

More information and a detailed map of the closure area can be found at

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