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Warning sign for campers, fishermen, and users of Arizona's National Forests.

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Tonto Forest will remain open, officials say

Fire restrictions remain in effect for most areas

A slew of Memorial Weekend citations for violations of existing fire restrictions has increased the odds of forest closure. With rainfall one-third of normal and the fire season off to a frightening early start, local officials worry that the current ban on fires, firearms and firecrackers might not be enough to prevent a fire in the tinder-dry forests. However, Forest Service officials will only say they continue to evaluate whether to close the forest, but have not made a firm decision on when — and whether — they’ll act.

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