ARIZONA NEWS

Forests in Arizona ease fire restrictions following heavy rains

Jul 16, 2021, 12:15 PM

(Facebook Photo/U.S. Forest Service-Tonto National Forest)...

(Facebook Photo/U.S. Forest Service-Tonto National Forest)

(Facebook Photo/U.S. Forest Service-Tonto National Forest)

PHOENIX — Fire restrictions were relaxed at some Arizona forests following heavy rainfall from recent monsoon storms.

Forests announcing changes effective Friday included Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab Prescott and Tonto. Some of those forests said they still have closures and restrictions in effect in some areas due to active wildfires and other circumstances.

Grand Canyon National Park also rolled back restrictions from Stage 2 to Stage 1 effective Friday.

“Recent rainfall is allowing us to ease restrictions,” Taiga Rohrer, Tonto fire management officer, said in a press release. “But we need the public to keep in mind that there have been more than 1,000 wildfires in Arizona this year that have burned nearly 500,000 acres.”

At the forests, igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire, including use of charcoal or briquettes, outside a U.S. Forest Service fire structure is still prohibited.

Smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site also isn’t allowed.

Visitors at Grand Canyon National Park must only ignite a campfire in a designated fire ring within a maintained campground.

Inner canyon users can use gas cook stoves, but campfires and other open fires are never allowed below the rim.

Anyone caught violating fire restrictions is subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and up to six months in prison.

Nearly 500,000 acres have burned in Arizona this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

File photo of a Valley Metro Tempe Streetcar. Officials are encouraging people to use mass transit ...

KTAR.com

1 woman killed, another injured in crash involving a light rail train in Phoenix

One woman was killed and another was injured in a crash involving a light rail car in Phoenix on Saturday night.

2 hours ago

Phoenix Fire...

David Veenstra

Phoenix police identify teen boy killed in fiery crash

Phoenix police identified the teen boy who died after a fiery automobile crash in south Phoenix on Saturday afternoon.

3 hours ago

sign of tonto national forest displayed at entrance of recreation site...

Tom Kuebel

National Forest Foundation and SRP agree to 5-year forest restoration agreement

The National Forest Foundation and SRP agreed to a five-year partnership to reduce wildfire risk and protect watershed basins in the Tonto National Forest.

4 hours ago

The auction will feature more than 1,300 professionally appraised lots. (Sierra Auction Photos)...

David Veenstra

Arizona Department of Revenue to auction off unclaimed property

The Arizona Department of Revenue is auctioning off unclaimed property from abandoned safe deposit boxes this week.

8 hours ago

Shopping center developer Macerich withdrew its proposal with the city of Phoenix's planning hearin...

KTAR.com

Macerich pumps brakes on proposal for new Biltmore office tower

Prominent shopping center owner and developer Macerich Co. is delaying its plans for a new Class A office building.

9 hours ago

Persian New Year Festival...

KTAR.com

Annual Persian New Year Festival adds fashion show, musical performance to schedule

This year's version of the Persian New Year Festival will feature three events over four days starting Feb. 28 in Scottsdale.

19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

...

Canvas Annuity

Interest rates may have peaked. Should you buy a CD, high-yield savings account, or a fixed annuity?

Interest rates are the highest they’ve been in decades, and it looks like the Fed has paused hikes. This may be the best time to lock in rates for long-term, low-risk financial products like fixed annuities.

Forests in Arizona ease fire restrictions following heavy rains