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Fire restrictions in force for Southern Az national parks, forests

Starting Wednesday, campers across Southern Arizona will face new fire restrictions at campgrounds due to dry weather.

Prohibited until further notice are: the use or building of fires and stoves on campsites, smoking outside of buildings and vehicles, discharging firearms when not hunting, operating engines not powering cars, welding, and using explosives, Forest Service spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said in a news release.

These restrictions affect all national parks, forests and monuments, including the Coronado National Forest, the Chiricahua National Monument, and the Tumacacori National Historical Park.

“Violations of restrictions on federal lands is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, which includes a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and up to $10,000 for organizations,” Schewel said.

"Violators may also be held personally responsible for reimbursement of fire suppression costs," Schewel said

Fires conditions and localized closures are subject to change. For more information visit wildlandfire.az.gov or call 1-877-864-6985.

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