Fire restrictions lifted in northern Arizona

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

FLAGSTAFF -- The recent rains are proving to be a good thing in northern Arizona.

As of Tuesday morning, fire restrictions in the Kaibab, Coconino and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have been lifted, along with the Grand Canyon National Park. That means you can plan for a campfire during your next camping trip.

Tuesday morning signs that read "no campfires" were taken down. It's a good sign, not only for campers but also for the forest.

"There’s been some moisture and it's not only the moisture in the soil, but it's also the humidity in the air," said Jerry Simington, Flagstaff District Area Manager.

The National Weather Service said the amount of rain recorded at the Flagstaff airport has already exceeded the monthly average of 2.61 inches of rain.

"We're from Florida; we brought some rain with us,” said camper David Auger.

"We were actually down on Mormon Lake when it rolled through here, so we saw the hail on the ground and everything," said camper Jim Reeder.
Some campers said they're ready for more rain.  "We had hail yesterday, so we put up our shelter up today hoping we could escape it a little bit,” said Victoria Tice, who was camping in the Flagstaff area.

But one thing is for sure. Once the rains clears up, the campers said they will light the fire pit and celebrate that there are no more fire restrictions.