Enjoy the last few weeks of summer in some of Arizona’s most gorgeous natural wonders-with all the traditions of camping and the outdoors. The skies have opened up, lifting fire restrictions in some national forests and enabling visitors to have campfires during their stay.
While scorching heat and dry conditions made any and all fire activity dangerous earlier this summer, as seen with the Goodwin and Burro Fires, significant widespread rainfall has diminished the threat. All campfire and smoking restrictions have been lifted at the Coconino and Kaibab national forests, two of Northern Arizona’s most popular outdoor recreation areas.
It is typically safe for forest managers to lift fire restrictions when more than two-thirds of the forests have received at least a half inch of rain. Both of these forests have received much more than that, thanks to late July and August monsoon moisture. The restrictions were initially implemented on June 13.
While the restrictions have been lifted, it is crucial that visitors always remain cautious when lighting campfires, grilling, or smoking during their stay in the Natonal Forests. Campfires should never be left unattended or abandoned, and should always be completely extinguished.
Learn more about fire safety on the official National Forest website.