Fire Restrictions Begin on Tonto National Forest, Tuesday, May 23 Target shooting is prohibited while fire restrictions are in place, fireworks and explosives are prohibited year-round

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Headline: Fire Restrictions Begin on Tonto National Forest, Tuesday, May 23 Target shooting is prohibited while fire restrictions are in place, fireworks and explosives are prohibited year-round

Fire Restrictions Begin on Tonto National Forest, Tuesday, May 23 Target shooting is prohibited while fire restrictions are in place, fireworks and explosives are prohibited year-round

Release Date: May 19, 2017  

PHOENIX, May 19, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  Hot temperatures and increased fire danger have prompted fire officials to implement fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning at 8 a.m., Tuesday May 23, 2017.  Most types of fire or fire-causing activities are prohibited across the entire Tonto National Forest.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is prohibited outside of metal fire rings and metal pedestal grills provided by the Forest Service in developed recreation sites (see attached list).  The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are allowed.

Restrictions also apply to operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or torches with open flames, operating combustion engines without spark-arresting devices in effective working order and meeting either USDA or SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) standards.

Discharging a firearm is prohibited, except for taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws.

Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site.  Please deposit the remains in an ashtray or inside a building.  Do not toss or discard on the ground.

“Temperatures are climbing back above 100 degrees, drying out grasses and leaves, and raising the fire danger” said Tonto National Forest Fire Staff Don Nunley.  “These precautionary measures will help prevent human-caused wildfires, decreasing unnecessary exposure to firefighters.”

“We are reminding the public that fireworks and the use of exploding targets are always prohibited on the Forest,” emphasized Nunley.

Violation of these fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.

For more information regarding forest recreation sites and fire restrictions on the Tonto National Forest, contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or online at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto.

For information on current fires burning in Arizona visit Inciweb, and visit the Arizona Fire Restrictions website to view all fire restrictions in Arizona.

Campfires are allowed in metal fire rings and metal pedestal grills provided by the Forest Service in the following developed recreation sites:

Cave Creek Ranger District

Bartlett Lake Recreation Area
Bartlett Lake Marina
Rattlesnake Cove
SB Cove parking lot ramadas with metal charcoal pedestals grills
Yellow Cliff parking lot ramadas with metal charcoal pedestals grills
Seven Springs Recreation Area
Springs Group Site
CCC Campground
Lower Verde Recreation Area
Needle Rock Day Use Picnic Area
Globe Ranger District

Timber Camp Equestrian Group Site
Timber Camp Campground – Brundrett #1 and Brundrett #2
Jones Water Campground
Oak Flat Campground
Kellner Group Recreation Site (once Pinal Fire Area Closure is lifted)
Icehouse CCC Picnic Site (once Pinal Fire Area Closure is lifted)
Sulphide Del Rey Campground
Pinal Campground (once Pinal Fire Area Closure is lifted)
Upper Pinal Campground (once Pinal Fire Area Closure is lifted)
Pioneer Pass Campground (once Pinal Fire Area Closure is lifted)
Mesa Ranger District

Saguaro Del Norte
Butcher Jones
Acacia
Boulder
Laguna
Palo Verde
Granite Reef
Phon D Sutton
Coons Bluff
Saguaro Lake Marina
Canyon Lake Marina
Pebble Beach
Blue Point
Sheep’s Crossing
Water Users
Larry Forbis Group Site
Payson Ranger District

Houston Mesa Campground
Houston Mesa Horse Camp
Ponderosa Campground
Christopher Creek Campground
Sharp Creek Campground
Tonto Creek Campground
Tonto Creek Walk-In
Pleasant Valley Ranger District

Colcord Campground
Airplane Flat Campground
Upper Canyon Creek Campground
Tonto Basin Ranger District

Apache Lake Marina
Vineyard Picnic Site
Frazier Campground
Frazier Group Site
Windy Hill Campground
Cholla Campground
Grapevine Campground
Cottonwood Picnic Site
Schoolhouse Campground
Burnt Corral Campground

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