Fire restrictions lifted in Tonto National Forest

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All fire restrictions in the Tonto National Forest will be lifted Wednesday morning.

The monsoon has brought enough humidity to the forest to reduce fires starting from campfires, target shooting and smoking, forest officials said.

Although the restrictions are lifted, forest officials are asking visitors to be cautious. Tracer rounds are always prohibited and camp fires need to be cold to the touch before a person can leave it.

"Campfires should be put out by drowning with water and stirring the ashes with first a shovel, then bare hands, to ensure the fire is cold," Acting Fire Staff Helen Graham said.

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