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Fire danger leads to Coronado Nat'l Forest restrictions

Increased wildfire risks have caused Coronado National Forest officials to implement restrictions on campfires and smoking.

The restrictions will "remain in place until July 31 or until they are rescinded due to decreased fire danger," said Heidi Schewel, a Forest Service spokeswoman.

Campfires and cooking fires are prohibited, except within a developed recreation site. Smoking is banned except in buildings, enclosed vehicles, in developed recreation sites or with an are cleared of all flammable material at least three feet in diameter, Schewel said Monday.

"Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest lands," she said.

Violators can be fined up to $5,000, or $10,000 for organizations, along with up to six months in prison.

Last week, Pima County and the Bureau of Land Management announced similar fire restrictions.

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