/ Modified jun 26, 2017 10:09 a.m.

Fire Restrictions on Federal Lands Tighten

Southeastern Arizona fires not allowed, even in developed campsites.

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Increased fire restrictions start today in Southeastern Arizona.

Some restrictions have been in place, but today, they ratchet up to eliminate most activities that could cause a wildfire.

No fires are allowed in most public lands in Southern Arizona, not even in developed campsites. Also prohibited: smoking, engines other than vehicles, discharging a firearm, driving off road and fireworks.

Violators can be charged with a misdemeanor and a fine of up to $5,000, and up to six months in jail. If a fire starts because someone violated these restrictions, the person can be held responsible for costs related to putting it out.

The restrictions affect:

  • Bureau of Land Management Gila District
  • all of the Coronado National Forest
  • Coronado National Memorial
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • Chiricahua National Monument and Fort Bowie National Historic Site
  • Tumac├ícori National Historical Park
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Arizona State Forestry Division
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