Phoenix, Arizona - With the Cedar Fire now more than 75 percent contained and pre-evacuation orders lifted, Governor Doug Ducey issued the following statement today, thanking firefighters and encouraging Arizonans to travel safely this weekend.

The state continues to monitor other fires in the state, including the Bug Fire near Cordes Junction in Yavapai County, and the governor is receiving regular updates.

“I want to applaud our brave firefighters for their work the last two weeks to contain the Cedar Fire. On my visit to survey the fire, I saw first-hand the commitment these outstanding professionals had to protecting our citizens and natural resources. Local leaders and fire professionals, coordinating closely with state officials, have worked around the clock to control this fire and protect public safety.”

“With the Fourth of July weekend approaching, I encourage all Arizonans to stay safe and travel to the White Mountain region. From Pinetop-Lakeside to Show Low, Navajo County is one of the most beautiful corners of our state, particularly in the summer. The area is open for business. As always, remain safe, alert and vigilant. Fire season continues, and everyone can do their part to prevent forest fires. Please pay attention to weather and safety alerts, and drive carefully on state highways and interstates.

"My office, the State Forester and all appropriate state agencies will continue working closely with local and federal officials throughout the state on this and other fires, including the Bug Fire currently burning in Yavapai County.

"Again, thank you to all the firefighters, fire professionals, public safety officials, local leaders, state agency personnel and elected officials throughout the state who have worked and continue to work in partnership to protect our state."