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4 national forests in Ariz. lift fire restrictions

FLAGSTAFF — Four national forests in Arizona are lifting fire restrictions due to a reduced risk of major wildfires.

The Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto national forests lifted restrictions Wednesday morning.

The restrictions had been in place since May while fire danger began increasing rapidly.

Forest officials say recent rains at the onset of the monsoon season are a help, but they’re cautioning visitors that fire season is not over.

The Fossil Creek area of the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona also is being reopened. It’s been closed July 1 to public entry due to wildfire risk.

While campfires will be allowed on the four forests, visitors are urged to use caution and never leave a campfire unattended.

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