Coconino lifts fire restriction due to monsoon weather

Stage 1 fire restrictions remain on US Forest Service property


FLAGSTAFF—Monsoon rains allowed Coconino County to lift its fire restrictions earlier this month, but stage 1 fire restrictions remain in the Coconino and Kaibab forests. The Williams watershed opened for hiking, but some areas of Coconino may still be dry and present hazardous fire conditions.

Ample monsoonal rainfall throughout Northern Arizona has brought much needed moisture to tinder-dry forests and area landscapes. Fortunately the rainfall lessened the danger of fire from thunder. Careless acts with fire could still start a blaze, however.

Under Stage 1 fire restrictions on federal land:
• Fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only.
• Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles, buildings or in developed campgrounds.
• Using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed in areas that are clear of flammable materials.

This has prompted the Northern Arizona Shooting Range to open again with a clay pigeon shoot scheduled for the weekend of August 10 & 11 and another scheduled for September 7 & 8. Conditions could change, so you should contact the range to see if these activities are still available.

Long range predictions are for excellent chances of precipitation through Wednesday with chances of scattered thunderstorms through next Saturday.