Forest Service Frets About Many Causes Of Wildfires

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Besides lightning, the Forest Service faces several other challenges in limiting forest fires. Paige Rockett, Tonto National Forest spokesperson, detailed four of those:

Campfires: Since mid-May, the Forest Service has been restricting campfires. Those restrictions were elevated to the use of charcoal fires only in developed campgrounds and only in two of the forest’s desert districts. Except for these specific developed recreation sites, campfires are prohibited in the entire forest.

Vehicle travel: Many fires stem from public travel on highways and roadways. However, state highways and county roads within the forest will remain open.

Target shooting: The Forest Service is seeing an increase in fires caused by target shooting, which has been banned locally since the Forest Service first imposed fire restrictions in May.

Alcohol: Increased alcohol use leads to impaired judgment and unwise decision-making. If you combine undue alcohol use with campfire building, driving, or target shooting, you increase the chances of wildfire danger.

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