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Tonto National Forest officials drop all fire restrictions, citing monsoon rains

U.S. Forest Service officials are dropping all fire restrictions in Tonto National Forest, citing an increase in monsoon weather that has lowered fire danger across the forest.

Forest officials made the decision to lighten restrictions from Stage 2 to Stage 1 on Monday, and decided to drop restrictions altogether on Thursday.

Despite the drop in restrictions, officials urge campers to practice campfire safety, such as keeping water and a shovel nearby in case of emergency.

State forest officials are keeping fire restrictions on large portions of land, including all state trust lands north of the Grand Canyon in Coconino County.

National officials are also dropping target shooting restrictions in Tonto, but those restrictions remain year-round on all state land.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.