If you're going camping in Arizona this summer, your options have just increased.
National forests and other public lands around the state have eased or lifted their fire restrictions now that monsoon rain has arrived.
If you're heading out to the woods or desert, stay up to date on which national forests and other public lands in Arizona are under fire restrictions.
Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in place in two of the six national forests in Arizona: Coronado and Tonto. Under Stage 2 fire restrictions, no wood or charcoal fires are permitted. Gas stoves are typically allowed.
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Where Arizona fire restrictions have been lifted
Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino and Kaibab national forests have canceled their fire restrictions. Increased rain and cooler temperatures have combined to reduce the fire risk, according to statements from forest managers.
Prescott National Forest will rescind its fire restrictions at 8 a.m. July 15 due to increased monsoonal activity.
The areas around Bill Williams Mountain (Kaibab National Forest) and Pumphouse Wash and Walnut Canyon (Coconino National Forest) that had been closed have reopened.
All fire restrictions have been lifted in Flagstaff and on all state and federal land in southern Arizona.
Grand Canyon National Park has rescinded its Stage 2 restrictions but it remains under Stage 1 restrictions. That means wood or charcoal fires are only allowed in developed recreation sites with fire pits or grills.
Wupatki National Monument near Flagstaff has reopened. It is under Stage 3 fire restrictions, which means no open flames at all. The adjacent Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument remains closed due to the Tunnel Fire.
What are Stage 1 fire restrictions?
There are three levels of fire restrictions. Generally speaking, Stage 1 restrictions allow campfires only in developed recreation areas. Stage 2 restrictions usually ban all fires. Stage 3 restrictions typically include closing the area to public access.
Each national forest can tailor the terms of its restrictions to fit its specific needs. Generally, under Stage 1 restrictions:
Wood and charcoal fires are allowed only in developed campgrounds and picnic areas.
Smoking is permitted only indoors, in a vehicle or within a developed recreation site.
Stoves, lanterns and devices that run on liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas can be used if they can be turned on and off and are operated in areas where flammable materials are cleared within a 3-foot range.
Shooting firearms may or may not be limited under Stage 1 fire restrictions. Contact the forest you plan to visit to find out what's allowed.
Fireworks are always prohibited.
What are Stage 2 and Stage 3 fire restrictions in Arizona?
Stage 2 fire restrictions generally ban all campfires. Here's what's typically prohibited under Stage 2 restrictions:
Igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire, including charcoal, briquettes, smudge pots and wood stoves.
Blasting, welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
Forests can tailor the restrictions to their specific conditions.
For example, under Stage 2 restrictions in Coconino National Forest, operating a generator, chainsaw or other device powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. In Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, using explosives and blasting, welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame is prohibited under Stage 2 restrictions.
Check the website or social media of the forest you are visiting to find out what's allowed.
Under Stage 3 fire restrictions, the area is closed to the public due to extreme fire danger.
Arizona fire restrictions: Latest updates
For statewide updates, go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov. Here are resources for the latest Arizona fire restrictions and what's allowed at particular recreation sites:
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests: https://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.
Coconino National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino.
Coronado National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado.
Kaibab National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab.
Prescott National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott.
Tonto National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/tonto.
Grand Canyon National Park: https://www.nps.gov/grca.
Arizona national parks, monuments, recreation areas: https://www.nps.gov/state/az/index.htm.
Bureau of Land Management locations in Arizona: https://www.blm.gov/arizona.
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona fire restrictions summer 2022: Where campfires are allowed