WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Campfire and smoking restrictions have been lifted on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests beginning July 12. In addition, the Bill Williams Mountain watershed closure will be lifted at the same time. Recent precipitation along with higher humidity and increased fuel moisture has lowered fire danger on the forest, thus decreasing the risk of major wildfires. The Prescott National Forest is expected to lift fire restrictions very soon.
Although campfires and smoking will be allowed throughout the two forests, forest officials stress people should never leave a campfire unattended, always extinguish fires completely before leaving the forest and dispose of cigarettes in ash trays. Practice fire safety and prevent human-caused fires is everyone's responsibility.
Forest visitors are reminded that some campfire restrictions are always in effect, such as in forested areas within city limits of most northern Arizona communities. For more information about restrictions on public lands, call toll free (877) 864-6985 or visit www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php.