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