Recent rainfall has officials at Tonto National Forest lifting fire restrictions, starting Friday.
"Although campfires and smoking will now be allowed throughout the forest, visitors should properly extinguish cigarettes in ashtrays, and ashes in a campfire ring should be cold enough to touch before they are left," said Tonto National Forest Fire Staff Officer Clay Templin. "Campfires should be put out by drowning with water and stirring with a shovel to ensure the fire is cold."
Fire restrictions went into effect a month early at Tonto National Forest in the wake of late spring drought conditions and hot weather.
"We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while we had to restrict access and activities on the Tonto during this fire season," Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth said. "We appreciate our visitors' support of the restrictions. Arizona had a challenging fire season that was made a little easier by the small number of human-caused fires."
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