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Pima County reopens trails, parks after rains dampen fire risk

Trails leading to the Coronado National Forest were reopened by Pima County on Tuesday, after they were closed June 9 because of the fire danger.

The trails were reopened after monsoon rains reduced the risk of wildfires, said Kerry Baldwin of Pima County's Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department.

The trails reopened are:

  • Iris Dewhirst Pima Canyon
  • Linda Vista
  • Campbell Avenue
  • Richard McKee Finger Rock
  • Ventana Canyon
  • Bear Canyon
  • Avenida de Suzenu
  • Agua Caliente Hill
  • Cienega Creek Nature Preserve
  • Empirita Ranch
  • Colossal Cave Road
  • Arizona Trail access at Colossal Cave Mountain Park
  • Davidson Canyon Cienega Creek
  • Catalina Regional Park

Also, because of the reduced fire danger, permits are again available Cienega Creek Nature Preserve and Empirita Ranch. They may be obtained by calling 877-6123.

Coronado National Forest reopened the Santa Catalina Ranger District last week after the rains dampened the risk of wildfires. The district encompasses the Catalina mountains, including Sabino Canyon, Redington Pass and Happy Valley recreation areas.

Portions of the Douglas, Nogales and Safford districts reopened Tuesday, but remain under stage II fire restrictions, as do all previously open areas of the forest, said National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel.

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