Tonto National Forest Lifts Remaining Fire Restrictions

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All fire restrictions affecting the Tonto National Forest have now been lifted, effective Thursday, July 20.

The fire restrictions, which covered the entire forest, are no longer needed because fire danger has been reduced by increased moisture and humidity from the annual monsoon season.

These same wetter conditions prompted officials to reopen closed areas.

The closure orders limiting public access to the Mogollon Rim and the Pinal Mountains were lifted on July 3.

"We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we had to restrict access and activities on the Tonto during this fire season," said Tonto Forest Supervisor Gene Blankenbaker. "We also appreciate our users supporting and observing the rules. Arizona had a difficult fire season that was made a little easier by the small number of human-caused fires."

For more information, visit the Tonto Web site at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto or call (602) 225-5200.

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