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Recent rains fail to douse fire restrictions

The Camp Verde Journal of Camp Verde, Arizona

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Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests are still in effect following the recent weekend of rain and snow in many areas, according to the U.S. Forest Service."The storms that passed through over the last weekend of April may have given us a slight reprieve, but we only expect their effects to last a few days," said Don Muise, fire and aviation staff officer for the Coconino National Forest. "It is important that we remain in fire restrictions because we expect conditions to very quickly return to where they have been. The precipitation we received was not sufficient to change the overall outlook for this fire season."

Under the restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only.

The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds.

On the Kaibab National Forest, restrictions apply only to the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts, and on the Prescott National Forest, campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed sites within Prescott Basin.

The public can obtain additional fire information from the following sources:

For Arizona fire restrictions, visit the fire restrictions website and select Arizona;

For Arizona fire prevention and information, including fire restrictions and red flag alerts, visit the wildlandfire website and select Arizona.

For fire restrictions on public lands in Arizona and New Mexico, call (877) 864-6985.

For information regarding national forests, visit the USFS website and select Coconino National Forest, Kaibab National Forest, Prescott National Forest, Tonto National Forest or Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

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Original Publication Date: May 7, 2014

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