Fire restrictions to be lifted from Kaibab, Grand Canyon National Forests

Fire restrictions to be lifted from Kaibab, Grand Canyon National Forests

CREATED Jul. 13, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey

WILLIAMS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park officials plan to lift all fire restrictions by noon tomorrow.

According to forest officials, significant amounts of monsoon rains have fallen in the past week, reducing the risk of forest fires.

The Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts in the Kaibab National Forest reportedly received approximately 1.5 inches of rain. 

Restrictions will remain in effect for the North Kaibab Ranger District, but the risk will be reduced from Stage two to Stage one.  

Once the restrictions have been lifted, visitors of the Kaibab National Forest will be able to use equipment powered by internal combustion engines, including chainsaws, along with firearms, but smoking and campfires will still only be allowed in designated areas.  

Officials from the Grand Canyon National Park urge visitors to continue using precautions when hiking or camping since fires are still a possibility.

Precipitation has not been as prevalent in the Prescott National Forest or the Coconino National Forest. 

Officials say fire restrictions will remain at their current level in these parks throughout the weekend. 

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