Fire Restrictions Begin Wednesday

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After battling the Promontory Fire and looking ahead to the dry, peak months of fire danger, Tonto National Forest officials have put fire restrictions on forest lands. The restrictions take effect beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, at 8 a.m.

Among the restrictions are campfire and charcoal burning device usage, smoking outside cleared areas and discharging firearms, except in taking game, in accordance with Arizona hunting laws.

The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns and heating devices are allowed.

"Because of ongoing drought and dry forest conditions, fire restrictions are needed to protect forest users, structures and natural resources from the increased potential for dangerous wildland fires," said Tonto National Forest Acting Forest Supervisor Tom Klabunde in a press release. For more information about fire restrictions, contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.

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