Fire restrictions planned for Tonto forest - East Valley Tribune: Arizona

Fire restrictions planned for Tonto forest

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Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 10:15 am

High temperatures, dry weather and greater wildfire danger have led to fire restrictions in central Arizona's Tonto National Forest.

The restrictions begin at 8 a.m. Friday. Campfires and most types of fire-causing activities will be banned across the entire forest. Charcoal-burning devices also are off limits.

Violating the restrictions is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

Petroleum stoves, lanterns and heating devices are allowed.

Officials say the restrictions will protect the forests, nearby homes and those visiting the area.

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