Fire restrictions lifted today in Coronado National Forest - Tucson News Now

Fire restrictions lifted today in Coronado National Forest

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MT. LEMMON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It has been about one month since fire restrictions were put in place, and today officials with the Coronado National Forest will lift them.

The fire restrictions for Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise and Graham counties will be lifted on each portion of the Coronado National Forest lands located within each county, starting at 8 a.m. Friday morning.

Officials made the decision based on all the rain that has been falling over the last few weeks.  The increased rainfall helped determine that the likelihood of a wildfire has lessened and it is safe to lift the restrictions.

Visitors are still reminded to practice fire safety before leaving a campground. 

Rangers stress the importance of pouring water and dirt on a campfire and stirring it around with a shovel until it is completely cold to the touch.

They are also stressing that just because people can light a campfire now, does not mean this weekend will be the best time to camp. 

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