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Recent rain decreases forest fire restrictions

PHOENIX — On Wednesday at 8 a.m. the Coconino and Kaibab national forests will decrease fire restrictions from Stage II to Stage I as well as lift public restriction from the Bill Williams Mountain Watershed.

Due to rain, increased moisture and humidity, fire danger and risk of wildfires have significantly decreased.

The newly reopened areas will have many safety restrictions: fires, charcoal, coal, wood stoves and campfires will be limited only to developed campgrounds. Smoking is also limited to developed campgrounds, inside vehicles and buildings.

Despite the recent good news officials warn that fire season is still not over.

While some areas will reopen, the Fossil Creek area and other parts of the Coconino National Forest will remain closed due to high fire risk. These areas will remain closed to the public until there is a significant amount of precipitation or decrease in fire danger.