Arizona Easing Some Campground Fire Rules
With the coming of monsoon rains, the Coconino and Kaibab forests in Arizona lowered fire restrictions beginning Wednesday morning (July 10).
According to information from the U.S. Forest Service, both national forests moved from Stage 2 to Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Also, the Bill Williams Mountain Watershed was opened, the Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff, reported.
The Fossil Creek area on the Coconino will remain closed until it receives significant moisture.
Under Stage 1 restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are still banned outside developed campgrounds. Devices that are fueled by liquid petroleum or other fuels (that can be turned on and off) are allowed. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds.
Restrictions on shooting, chainsaws and welding are also lifted.
Recent rains and higher humidity have lowered the fire danger on the forests, but the dry season is still not entirely over.
“The rain we’ve seen so far has been somewhat localized,” stated Don Muise, fire staff officer for the Coconino National Forest, in a press release. “You may see rain at your house, but the campground just a few miles away may have had little to none. There are many areas in the forests that are still very dry.”
According to the National Park Service, all fire restrictions at Grand Canyon National Park were lifted on Wednesday.