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Coconino And Kaibab National Forests Are Back Open, Prescott To Reopen Friday

The Coconino and Kaibab national forests have reopened, but under Stage Two fire restrictions, while the Prescott National Forest plans to reopen on Friday. The decision to reopen the forest was made based on the amount of recent rainfall that has occurred across all three districts of the forest. Stage Two fire restrictions means no campfires or use of charcoal, coal, smudge pots and wood stoves. Stoves or grills used by propane or other liquid petroleum can be used however. Smoking must be kept within a enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of anything flammable. Use of a chainsaw, torch or welder is also prohibited between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Areas around recent wildfires such as the Rafael, Backbone, Slate or Snake fires may still be in effect. Violation of the restrictions on national forests is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, six months in jail or both. With the forest reopening, Arizona Snowbowl will reopen for summer activities on Friday.