Tonto National Forest tightens fire restrictions

PAYSON, AZ - Tonto National Forest is implementing further fire restrictions after recent increasing fire danger.

As of Friday, April 18 most means of fire or fire-causing activities are prohibited, according to a news release.

These include, according to a fire information officer:

  • All campfires and charcoal-burning devices (building, maintaining, attending and using)
  • Operating internal combustion power tools, welding equipment, torches with open flames, operating combustion engines without correctly working spark-arresting devices
  • Discharging firearms (except in taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws
  • Smoking except within enclosed vehicle or building, or developed recreation sites

Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns and heating devices are allowed.

Some developed campgrounds are exceptions to the prohibited and allowed list.

According to officials, violation can result in a $5,000 fine and six months imprisoned.

For more detailed restrictions and information in Tonto National Forest, visit them online .

For a current list of Arizona fire restrictions, visit the restriction website .

Information can also be found by calling 1-877-864-6985

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