FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – Thanks to recent rainfall cooler temperatures, national forests in Arizona are starting to reopen. Arizona forestry officials said by Friday, all closures will be canceled for state land, including state trust land in all 15 counties.
The move comes after officials announced the Coconino National Forest and Kaibab reopened on Tuesday morning. Then the U.S. Forest Service announced Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have fully reopened as of Wednesday at 8 a.m. Tonto National Forest then posted on Facebook it'll also reopened on Wednesday at 8 a.m. Prescott National Forest announced their reopening for the same time early that morning.
All the forests will have Stage II fire restrictions, which means no campfires and most grills are banned. Smoking is also prohibited except inside a car or certain areas. Using fireworks is always illegal. The forests have been closed since the week of June 23.
For Kaibab National Forest, Bill Williams Mountain near Williams remained closed. The Kaibab National Forest includes sections near Williams and north of the Grand Canyon.
The Coconino National Forest includes the San Francisco Peaks overlooking Flagstaff plus areas south and southeast of Flagstaff. The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is considered one forest and is 2 million acres that includes the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains. Tonto is the largest national forest in Arizona at more than 2.9 million acres that covers the Mogollon Rim and the Sonoran Desert.
Four of the six national forests in Arizona are shutting down completely due to fire conditions around our state.