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Grand Canyon National Park lifts fire restrictions

Fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park July 8.

Fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park July 8.

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Monsoons have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park July 8.

On June 13, the park implemented restrictions on all wood burning and charcoal fires, including campfires, warming fires and charcoal barbecues. As monsoonal moisture settles into the area, fire danger has decreased allowing fire managers to lift those restrictions. Grand Canyon National Park restrictions are being lifted in cooperation with the United States Forest Service, tribal partners, and intergovernmental agencies in northern Arizona.

The Park Service reminds the public that although fire danger is no longer at extreme, visitors should continue to be fire aware, use extra care and consult the managing agency when visiting their public lands. Taking a few precautions can make all the difference:

Before going hiking or camping, officials urge people check for fire restrictions and closures in the area by directing their inquiries to the agency that manages the public lands they are visiting.

Smokers should smoke only on paved surfaces or in an enclosed vehicle and never toss cigarette butts on the ground.

Those using a portable stove should be careful to set the stove up in an area without fuels and be careful to prevent the stove from tipping over.

Campfires should not be left unattended and should be completely extinguished when leaving your campsite. Consider alternatives to campfires.

Officials also urge the practice of Leave No Trace principles, which includes packing out all burned materials.

When driving on unpaved roads, people should be careful of parking or driving their vehicle in tall, dry vegetation. Hot vehicle parts may start a fire.

If people see smoke or fire, they should note the location and report it to authorities and should never attempt to put out a fire. The latest fire information in Grand Canyon National Park is available at www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/fire_info.htm. More about fire restrictions on other public lands in Arizona and New Mexico is available by calling the Southwest Area Fire Restriction Information Line at (877) 864-6985 or visiting http://wildlandfire.az.gov

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