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A Sunday night storm dumped more than three inches of rain on Pine, Arizona, signaling the onset of what forecasters say should be a near-normal monsoon season.

The deluge dumped three inches in three hours on Pine, flooding roads and filling long-dry Pine Creek.

Portions of Pine even got pelted with large hailstones by the fierce but fickle monsoon, but Payson generally got much less rain —with two stations reporting less than a quarter inch in 24 hours.

The weekend storm dumped enough rain to dramatically reduce the fire danger, after months of bone-dry conditions. Until this storm hit, the year’s rainfall totals in Payson were about one third of normal.

Burnt Corral Campground Tonto National Forest

Burnt Corral Campground Tonto National Forest

The rainfall this weekend more than doubled the moisture content of most of the downed wood fuels, dropping the fire danger from “extreme” to “moderate.”

The Payson District of the Tonto National Forest planned to lift the fire-based forest closures on Wednesday, re-opening some of Rim Country’s most popular campgrounds and the swimming and fishing areas along the East Verde River and Tonto Creek.

Fire restrictions will remain in effect throughout the district, including a ban on campfires outside of developed campgrounds with fire rings.

The reopened campgrounds include Houston Mesa and Horse Camp.

The road to Fossil Creek from Camp Verde will also re-open on Wednesday, according to a release from the Red Rock Ranger District in the Coconino Forest.

The road down to Fossil Creek from Strawberry will remain closed, however, due to concerns about the condition of the road and the impact of large crowds.

However, the closures of three campgrounds because of recent bear attacks will remain in effect. That includes the Ponderosa Campground, Sharp Creek, Christopher Creek Campground the Lower Tonto Creek Campground, the Upper Tonto Creek Campground and Forest Service Roads 405, 405-A, 893, 1625, the Ponderosa Campground Road, State Highway by-pass and Trail 37 to the wilderness boundary. That closure will last into September, unless lifted sooner.

The Prescott National Forest is seeking volunteers to help host and clean up campgrounds.

Applicants must be willing to work certain months of the year, primarily from April through October, and have their own recreational vehicle.

Applications can be picked up at the forest’s ranger districts in Prescott, Chino Valley and Camp Verde.
The 1.25 million-acre Prescott National Forest lies east and west of the city of Prescott.

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