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Forest Service officials say no restrictions for holiday weekend<br>

“We’re pleased that last year isn’t repeating itself. The forests are open and ready for visitors, however, it’s important to remember to keep an eye on your campfire and make sure it’s cold to the touch before leaving,” said Forest Supervisor Mike Williams.

Kaibab Lake, Cataract Lake, White Horse Lake, Ten-X, and Jacob Lake campgrounds, popular spots on the Kaibab National Forest, opened a few weeks ago. DeMotte campground should be open before the Memorial Day weekend. The lakes are at least half full and fishing has been fair. Dogtown Lake Campground and Picnic Area, a few miles south of Williams, are closed for the 2003 season due to renovation activities. Individual (family) sites at all of the campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For fire restrictions and general fire information on public lands in the Southwest, visit Web site, or call toll free 1-877-864-6985.

A few campfire safety reminders:

Use existing campfire rings to minimize impacts to the area and to the soil.

Avoid making a campfire during the windy part of the day. Winds usually diminish at night when a campfire is welcome.

Keep your campfire as small as practical — stop adding wood to the fire about an hour before going to bed or leaving your campsite. It’ll be easier to put out.

To make sure your campfire is out, it should be cool enough to touch with the back of you hand.

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