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PHOENIX — Fire restrictions that closed state land to recreation are lifted effective at 8 a.m. on Friday. However, state land in Pinal County will remain under Stage II fire restrictions, according to a press release from the Arizona State Land Department and Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai and Yuma counties will also remain under Stage II fire restrictions.

Stage II restrictions prohibit the use of campfires and outdoor smoking and limit the use of tools such as chainsaws, mechanical fellers, masticators and chippers. Target shooting and fireworks are prohibited on state land year-round.

All Stage II fire restrictions must be approved by the state forester and the state land commissioner. The restrictions apply to all permit, state land lease holders and other authorized users of state-managed lands.

Restrictions do not apply to private property. However, if a local government has implemented fire restrictions that are stronger than the state’s, those have precedence.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.