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2 national forests in Arizona reduce restrictions

Firefighters spray water on a restaurant to help protect it from flames in the Glenn Ilah area near Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday, June 30, 2013. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew near the town was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions. The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

FLAGSTAFF — Two northern Arizona forests are decreasing fire restrictions due to a reduced risk of major wildfires.

The Coconino and Kaibab national forests say recent rains are a help but they’re cautioning visitors that fire season is not over.

Even with restrictions decreased from Stage 2 to Stage 1, campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds.

Another change reopens the Kaibab National Forest’s Bill Williams Mountain Watershed to the public. However, the Fossil Creek area of the Coconino National Forest remains closed.

Fire staff officer Don Muise of the Coconino National Forest says many forest areas remain very dry.

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