The summer monsoon has decreased the fire danger in Grand Canyon National Park, allowing park officials to lift all fire restrictions that had been in place since June 26.
Also, fire restrictions have been eased in eastern Arizona forests, and more limits should be lifted by Thursday.
The Grand Canyon restrictions will be lifted at 8 a.m. Wednesday in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, tribal partners and intergovernmental agencies in northern Arizona, according to a news release from the park.
The fire danger still remains very high, downgraded from extreme, and visitors should continue to exercise extra care and caution.
The National Park Services recommends:
In addition, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests lifted a temporary safety closure order for Rodeo-Chediski, Show Low South and Timber Mesa areas
The temporary closure was to ensure public and firefighter safety, and to protect private property, and was implemented June 19. It was lifted Monday, also because of sufficient moisture from the monsoon.
The ASNFs were working with neighboring forests and the White Mountain Fire Restrictions Working Group in lifting the Stage I & II fire restrictions for Apache, Greenlee, Coconino and Navajo Counties. They anticipate the restrictions to be lifted Thursday.
Violation of the prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000, imprisonment for more than six months, or both. Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest land. Arizona state lands have imposed their own restrictions separately.
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