Fire restrictions enacted for Tonto National Forest

PHOENIX - Fire restrictions have been put into place for the Tonto National Forest starting Wednesday due to drought conditions and hot temperatures, according to a press release.

The following types of fires have been prohibited:

- Building, maintaining or using a fire, campfire or charcoal burning device

- Smoking outside of a pre-approved area

- Operating internal combustion power tools or welding equipment

- Using combustion engines without spark-arresting devices

- Discharging firearms except in hunting

Fireworks are prohibited at all times in the Tonto National Forest.

Any violation of these fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months, according to a press release.

The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns and heating devices is still allowed, and some developed campgrounds are exempted from the above restrictions.

Eight fires have already started by recreational shooting in the forest, according to a press release.

For more information regarding the restrictions, contact Tonto National Forest at 602-225-5200 or go to the Tonto National Forest website .

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