Time To Play: Tonto Forest Fire Restrictions Lifted

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As of yesterday, all fire restrictions in Tonto National Forest have been lifted.

Paige Rockett, with the National Forest Service, in a press release on July 24 said all fire restrictions will be lifted for the Tonto National Forest, as of 8 a.m. Thursday.

Campfires, charcoal fires and off-road vehicles will now be permitted to use any campsite in Tonto Forest, whether they are improved sites or not.

Smoking will also be permitted outside of established buildings and vehicles.

In the press release, Tonto Forest Supervisor Gene Blankenbaker said, "We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we had to restrict access and activities on the Tonto during this fire season."

He added, "Arizona's fire season this year was made easier by a noticeable decrease in human-caused fires. We appreciate our users supporting and observing the fire-safety rules and ask that they continue to do so."

Robert Lockhart, fire marshal with the Payson Fire Department said the town of Payson will shortly follow suit and lift all fire restrictions as well.

For more information on fire restrictions in Tonto National Forest, call 602-225-5200.

For more information on fire restrictions within the Town of Payson, call 928-474-5242 and follow directions to reach the fire department.

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