Campfire and smoking restrictions will be lifted on the Coconino and Kaibab national forests beginning today at 8 a.m. Recent rains have lowered fire danger on both forests, thus decreasing the risk of major wildfires.
"Although campfires and smoking will be allowed throughout the two forests, people should properly extinguish cigarettes in ash trays and ashes in a campfire ring should be cold enough to touch before they are left," says Coconino Fire Staff Officer Bruce Greco. "Campfires should be put out by drowning them with water and stirring with a shovel."
Forest visitors are also reminded that some campfire restrictions are always in effect, such as in forested areas within city limits of most northern Arizona communities and within Oak Creek Canyon.
As always, forest managers are asking visitors to follow the Leave No Trace principle: pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.
For additional information about fire restrictions on public lands in Arizona and New Mexico, call toll-free 1-877-864-6985 or visit publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php.