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Coronado National Forest will lift fire restrictions in all five ranger districts starting Friday.

“We have received significant precipitation across the forest,” said Heidi Schewel, the spokeswoman for the national forest. “There’s additional rain forecast to fall...and that has lessened the potential for (a) wildfire.”

Schewel said that the national forest has been under stage two fire restrictions, which means that fires are not allowed in the forest and smoking is only allowed inside vehicles.

The lift of fire restrictions would mean that campfires are allowed again. However, Schewel advised that visitors still should be cautious when handling fire in the forest.

“They should form some good, solid habits," Schewel said. "..when you’re going to build a fire, you need to select a very safe location. If there is a metal ring on the ground or a metal grill, we always would suggest that you use those (if available)."

Increased precipitation is anticipated to help cool the forest, and reduce the risks of wildfires, while also help burnt ground rejuvenate.

Yoohyun Jung is a University of Arizona journalism student and intern at Arizona Public Media