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Restrictions lifted as fire danger decreases

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Stage 2 fire restrictions and fire-related emergency closures put in place to protect the public were lifted Monday afternoon in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. 

Temporary emergency closures issued for areas and roads within and around the Wallow Fire burned area will remain in place until the threat of flash flooding decreases, hopefully by mid-August, said forest spokesman Lawrence Lujan.  

Stage 2 fire restrictions will be lifted on all National Forest lands around Springerville, Eagar, St. Johns, Heber, Overgaard, Safford, Duncan, Lakeside, Pinetop, Show Low, Linden, Alpine and Nutrioso. In addition, the Promontory Butte Area, Rodeo Chediski-Show Low South, Timber Mesa Area and Pole Knoll areas will reopen.  

"Fire danger has dropped from extreme to moderate across the forests," said Apache-Sitgreaves Forest Supervisor Jim Zornes.

Forest visitors should use caution with campfires and other sources of ignition, forest officials said. Despite recent rains, the area remains severely dry due to long-term drought.

The following areas, recreation sites and roads will remain closed: 

  • Auger Creek Area
  • Fish Creek Area
  • Middle Mountain Area
  • Milligan Valley Area
  • Prime Canyon Area
  • East Fork Area
  • Aspen Campground
  • Buffalo Crossing Campground
  • Deer Creek Campground
  • Diamond Rock Campground
  • Horse Springs Campground
  • Raccoon Campground
  • West Fork Dispersed Campground
  • Blue Crossing Campground
  • South Fork Campground
  • Forest Service Road 81 (Auger Canyon Road)
  • Forest Service Road 276

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