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Fire restrictions in effect for Saguaro Nat'l Park

Saguaro National Park has implemented fire restrictions that limit campfires and smoking effective Wednesday as the risk of wildfires has increased.

Campfires and charcoal, coal and wood stove fires are prohibited. Liquid petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heaters that meet fire underwriter's safety standards are allowed, said park spokeswoman Natalie Luna Rose.

Smoking, except within a vehicle, is not allowed, Luna Rose said.

Fire restrictions also are in effect for Coronado National Forest. Pima County and the Bureau of Land Management have similar fire restrictions.

The restrictions are in effect until conditions improve, Luna Rose said.

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

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