Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests imposes fire restrictions

SPRINGERVILLE, AZ - Fire restrictions are now in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

Managers say campfires and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campgrounds, and smoking is limited to enclosed vehicles and developed campgrounds or areas clear of flammable material.

Given the lack of winter moisture and the impacts of long-term drought, officials say the restrictions are especially important this year.

Forest Supervisor Jim Zornes says the White Mountains received some rain over the weekend but it wasn't enough to mitigate the dry conditions.

The restrictions will remain in place until the forests receive significant rainfall.

The latest federal maps show drought conditions are extreme in a portion of southeastern Arizona while much of the rest of the state is dealing with moderate to severe drought.

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