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Fire restrictions lifted for four national forests in Arizona

PHOENIX -- Good news for people heading out for a weekend camping trip: The Tonto National Forest and three others will lift campfire restrictions Wednesday morning thanks to monsoon rainfall.

Clay Templin with the Forest Service said the lifting of restrictions doesn't mean that fire season is completely over and everyone still needs to be careful.

"We have had an increase in the rainfall and a decrease in fire danger, but we're still seeing daily fires from lightning strikes or people not taking care of the campfires properly," he said.

The Coconino, Kaibab and Prescott National Forests also lifted campfire restrictions.

The Forest Service also lifted the closure on Fossil Creek, which has been off limits to the public since July 1 because of wildfire danger.

Restrictions will be lifted Friday in the Coronado National forest in southeastern Arizona.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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