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Fires restricted in Coronado Nat'l Forest

Planning on hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend? If you are going camping or celebrating with a cookout, the Forest Service wants you to be aware of certain restrictions.

An increased danger of wildfires has prompted Coronado National Forest officials to restrict campfires and other sources of flames, a spokeswoman said.

The restrictions have been in effect since May 1 and will remain in effect until the danger of wildfires decreases, the Forest Service's Heidi Schewel said in a news release.

The prohibitions:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area where grills are provided.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Fireworks are always prohibited year-round on federal lands.

Violators may be punished with a $5,000 fine ($10,000 for organizations) and six months in prison.

"In developed campsites or picnic areas where grills or fire rings are provided, fires are allowed but should never be left unattended and should be completely extinguished upon departure, Schewel said. "Visitors should drown, stir, and repeat until the fire is cold to the touch."

When planning activities visitors can check on fire restrictions at wildlandfire.az.gov or call the toll-free Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline at 877-864-6985.

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