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BLM to lift fire restrictions

Due to monsoon rains, the BLM will lift its fire restrictions on public lands in Southern Arizona beginning Saturday, officials said Monday.

The Bureau of Land Management has had fire restrictions in place since since June 6 in Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Santa Cruz, Apache, Navajo, and Pinal counties.

Enough rain has fallen in Southeastern Arizona to reduce the risk of wildfires, said BLM spokeswoman Diane Drobka.

Grass and brush are beginning to “green up” due to the precipitation and increased relative humidity. Fire activity has been light, she said. These factors, combined with the onset of the monsoon, were considered in the decision to lift the restrictions.

“We caution everyone who enjoys the outdoors to always be careful with campfires, smoking materials, and spark-producing equipment,” said Andrew Atkinson, BLM Gila District fire mitigation and education specialist.

For information on fire restrictions throughout Arizona, visit the Public Lands Information Center website.

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