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Arizona fire risk remains unaffected by recent wet weather

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Campfire and smoking restrictions remain in effect in national forests in northern, central and eastern Arizona despite rain and snow in many areas last weekend.

Forest Service officials said warm, dry and windy conditions are expected to quickly dry out forest fuels and bring a return to high fire danger.

The restrictions were in place in the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves forests. The Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona does not have fire restrictions in place.

Under the five forests' restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves were generally allowed in developed campgrounds only. The restrictions also limited smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds.

The Kaibab National Forest's restrictions applied only to the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts.

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