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No more fire restrictions at Grand Canyon
Park Service fire officials remind visitors to remain vigilant around fire

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Monsoon weather has moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, park fire managers, in cooperation with the United States Forest Service, Tribal partners, and intergovernmental agencies in Northern Arizona, have lifted all fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park.

The National Park Service would like to remind everyone that although fire danger is no longer at extreme, it is still very high, and visitors should continue to be fire aware, use extra care and consult the managing agency when visiting public lands. Taking a few precautions can make all the difference:

Park officials suggest visitors be fire aware and take extra care with these tips.

• Before going hiking or camping, visitors should check for fire restrictions and closures in the area.

• Smokers can only smoke on paved surfaces or inside vehicles, and should never toss cigarette butts on the ground.

• If visitors are using a portable stove, they should clear the area of grasses and other fine fuels and be careful to prevent the stove from tipping over.

• Visitors should consider alternatives to campfires because during times of high fire danger unattended campfires are likely to escape.

• Visitors should practice "Leave No Trace" principles, including packing out all burned materials.

• Hot vehicle parts may start a fire, so visitors should be careful about driving in tall, dry vegetation.

• If smoke or fire is seen, visitors should note where they saw it and report it to authorities.

• Visitors should not attempt to put out fires be themselves.

• Visitors can direct inquiries to the agency that manages the public lands they are visiting.

The latest fire information in Grand Canyon National Park is available at www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/fire_info.htm.

More information on fire restrictions in Arizona and New Mexico is available from the Southwest Area Fire Restriction Information Line at (877) 864-6985 or www.wildlandfire.az.gov.

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