Campgrounds reopen on Mt. Lemmon for 2014 season - Tucson News Now

Campgrounds reopen on Mt. Lemmon for 2014 season

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Spring is in the air and campgrounds on Mt. Lemmon are finally starting to open after closing early last season. 

The campgrounds were forced to close early due to the government shutdown. Now those who maintain them are busy making sure they are ready for area campers. More than $250,000 was lost by those campgrounds across the U.S., according to Recreation Resource Management. 

They are the company responsible for operating the campgrounds on Mt. Lemmon. Rose Canyon Campground has already opened for the 2014 season, this month.

Workers say they opened Rose Canyon a week earlier than scheduled, due to an increase in those wanting to camp. Showers Point and White Tail Campground have also recently opened as well. 

Right now workers are in the middle of spring maintenance, clearing brush and making sure everything is fully functional.  In just a couple of days they also plan to reopen Spencer Canyon Campgrounds, one of the most popular campgrounds for people to spend the evening outdoors.

The U.S. Forest Service also would like to remind the public about fire restrictions, if they are camping in the forest. 

Today, April 28, is considered a 'high fire' danger day, when firefighters say dry brush and warm weather increase the danger of fire threat.

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