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Southern Arizona agencies lift fire restrictions

TUCSON, Ariz. — The arrival of the monsoon season has prompted the lifting
of fire restrictions by federal and state officials across southeastern Arizona.

Restrictions were lifted Friday for all of the Coronado National Forest,
Saguaro National Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, the Bureau of Land
Management’s Gila District and other sites.

The Arizona State Forestry Division also lifted all fire restrictions on lands
under its jurisdiction.

Officials said due to widespread precipitation and additional rain in the
forecast, the likelihood of wildfire has lessened to the degree that the
restrictions can be rescinded.

Still, officials were warning visitors to be cautious. That includes putting
out campfires before leaving an area. They said fires should be doused with water
and dirt and stirred with a shovel until completely cold to the touch.


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