Fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest go into effect Thursday morning.
Forest officials said drought conditions and hot temperatures have increased the possibility of fires, so it is necessary to prohibit most types of fire or fire-causing activities.
Now forbidden are the building, maintaining, attending or using of a fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device. However, some developed campgrounds are exempted from these restrictions.
Restrictions also apply to smoking outside of a cleared area, operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or torches with open flames, operating combustion engines without spark-arresting devices in effective working order, or discharging guns except in taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws.
Allowed are the use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices.
For further information regarding recreation sites and fire restrictions, contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.
For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona, call toll-free (877) 864-6985, or visit http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php.