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Stina

A burned out stump hole in the Stina Fire area. Hazards such as these led forest officials to implement area closures around the Stina Fire and Cat Fire earlier this month.

Closures will be lifted Thursday morning for the areas of the Cat Fire and Stina Fire in the Kaibab National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service cited “significant and widespread monsoonal moisture” over the previous three days as reason for the openings above the Grand Canyon’s North Rim.

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In a Wednesday press release, the USFS quoted North Kaibab District Ranger Randall Walker as saying that the forest service encourages visitors to “exercise caution, good judgment, and abide by… recreational best practices.”

There are still potential risks in any area burned by wildfire, including storms resulting in flash floods, snags that could fall and unstable roads and terrain. Visitors are advised by the USFS to know the weather forecast ahead of time, have good maps and well-charged cellphones on hand.

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