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Campfire Restrictions Lifted In Some Arizona National Forests

(Photo courtesy of National Park Service)
Land managers consider the weather, existing moisture, fire activity and what's available to fight wildfires before deciding whether to implement fire restrictions.

Campfire and smoking restrictions have been lifted in some of Arizona’s national forests.

While fire danger is still high, bans have been lifted in Coconino and Kaibab national forests in the northern part of the state.

George Jozens with Coconino National Forest says the recent rainy weather has been working in their favor— “It’s always nice to be able to take the fire restrictions off and have the people come out and enjoy the forest and do some of the dispersed camping with their campfires.”

Jozens says even though the region has seen some moisture, that’s doesn’t mean wildfires can’t easily ignite.

He says between the Coconino and Kaibab forests, they’ve had more than 320 abandoned campfires this year.

Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."