Fire bans gone, monsoon here

All the national forests in this region are lifting their seasonal fire-use restrictions Wednesday morning as the monsoon settles into Arizona.

The Prescott, Coconino and Kaibab national forests all plan to drop fire restrictions.

By the old standard of three consecutive days of high dewpoints for Phoenix, the monsoon started July 3, which is four days earlier than average. Several experts predicted it could arrive early because of the La Niña influence.

This year, the National Weather Service decided to frame the monsoon season on the same days every year, June 15 through Sept. 30.

The Weather Service is forecasting a 20 to 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the Yavapai County Mountains today through Monday.

Parts of the Prescott region received heavy rain Sunday afternoon, prompting the Weather Service to issue a small stream flood advisory for central Yavapai County. Radar indicated that 1 inch to 3 inches of rain fell within a few hours.