Apache-Sitgreaves Smoking, Campfire Restrictions Lifted By Forest Officials

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Smoking and campfire restrictions were lifted Friday morning at on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Campfires will be allowed throughout the forests in Apache, Greenlee, Navajo and Coconino counties in developed campgrounds and in undeveloped areas, Forest Service officials said.

"We have received sufficient rain to lift the restrictions on the Apache-Sitgreaves Forest," said Assistant Fire Management Officer Bill Jackson.

"This is in coordination with the Coconino and Coronado National Forests lifting restrictions as well."

Jackson is asking that campers continue to be cautious with campfire, never leave them unattended and when it's time to extinguish the fire, pour water onto the fire to cool it down. Place a hand directly over the fire to detect any heat still remaining and stir more water into the fire area until absolutely cool to the touch, Jackson said.

Forest visitors are reminded that weather conditions are quite variable and range from warm and dry to cool and wet, he said.

Be prepared for rainy, wet conditions and muddy roads. If a road appears to be muddy, do not use it, as road damage can occur and a vehicle can become stuck, he said.

All recreation areas are open, lakes and streams are stocked with trout, and hiking trails are open. It's an excellent time to visit your national forests, he said.

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