Despite recent wet weather, fire restrictions remain - Tucson News Now

Despite recent wet weather, fire restrictions remain

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Campfire and smoking restrictions on several National Forests to the north remain in effect, despite the recent rain and snowy weather, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Restrictions are still in place for the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, Tonto, and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, this is in spite of wet weather. According to the release, predictions are the weather will remain warm, dry and windy for the remainder of the week. These weather conditions will quickly dry out forest fuels and return the area to a high fire danger status.

Under the current restrictions - fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only.  The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds.  On the Kaibab National Forest, restrictions apply only to the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts, and on the Prescott National Forest, campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed sites within Prescott Basin. 

"The storms that passed through over the weekend may have given us a slight reprieve, but we only expect their effects to last a few days," said Don Muise, fire and aviation staff officer for the Coconino National Forest, in the recent release.  "It is important that we remain in fire restrictions because we expect conditions to very quickly return to where they have been. The precipitation we received was not sufficient to change the overall outlook for this fire season." 

Forest Service officials recommend - 'Know before you go' gather additional fire information at the following websites - Arizona Fire Restrictions - http://firerestrictions.us/az; Arizona Fire Prevention and Information (fire restrictions and red flag alerts) http://wildlandfire.az.gov; Fire Restrictions on Public Lands in Arizona and New Mexico 1-877-864-6985.

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