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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fire Restrictions Begin on Tonto National Forest


Target shooting prohibited while fire restrictions in place, fireworks and explosives prohibited year-round

PHOENIX, June 2, 2015—For Immediate Release.  Drought conditions, hot temperatures, and increased fire danger have resulted in fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, June 5, 2015.

Most types of fire or fire-causing activities are prohibited across the entire Tonto National Forest.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is prohibited outside of metal fire rings and metal pedestal grills provided by the Forest Service in developed recreation sites (see attached list).  The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are allowed.

Restrictions also apply to operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or torches with open flames, operating combustion engines without spark-arresting devices in effective working order and meeting either USDA or SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) standards.

Discharging a firearm except for taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws.

Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site.  Please deposit the remains an ashtray or inside a building.  Do not toss or discard on the ground.

“As temperatures reach the 100 degree mark, the abundant grass crop the desert received because of winter rains dry out raising the fire danger to high” said Acting Tonto National Forest Fire Staff Bill Crolly.  “These precautionary measures help prevent human-caused wildfires, preventing unnecessary exposure to firefighters.”

“We are reminding the public that fireworks and the use of exploding targets are always prohibited on the Forest,” emphasized Crolly.

Violation of these fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.

For more information regarding forest recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto 

For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona call toll free 877-864-6985, or visit the. Southwest Coordination Center website: http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc or http://firerestrictions.us/az

Useful Websites:
·         Fire Preventions and Restrictions: www.azfireinfo.com
·         Arizona Fire Restrictions: http://firerestrictions.us/az
·         Arizona Emergency Information Network (for ALL hazard emergency and disaster information):  www.azein.gov
·         National Incident Information System www.inciweb.org
·         Southwest Coordination Center: http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc
·         National Interagency Fire Center: www.nifc.gov
·         National Fire Plan: www.forestsandrangelands.gov
·         Firewise: www.firewise.org
 
Fire Restriction Information: Toll free 1 (877) 864-6985

Campfires are allowed in metal fire rings and metal pedestal grills provided by the Forest Service in the following developed recreation sites:

Cave Creek Ranger District
Bartlett Lake Recreation Area
o    Bartlett Lake Marina
o    Rattlesnake Cove
o    SB Cove parking lot ramadas with metal charcoal pedestals
o    Yellow Cliffs parking lot ramadas with metal charcoal pedestals

Lower Verde Recreation Area
o    Needle Rock Day Use Picnic Area

Globe Ranger District
·         Pioneer Pass, in the Pinal Mtns
·         Sulphide Del Ray, in the Pinal Mtns
·         Kellner, in the Pinal Mtns
·         Icehouse CCC Day Use Area
·         Lower Pinal, in the Pinal Mtns
·         Upper Pinal, in the Pinal Mtns
·         Jones Water, off AZ Hwy 77 north of Globe
·         Oak Flat, off AZ Hwy 60 east of Superior
·         Timber Camp
·         Timber Camp Horse Camp

Mesa Ranger District
·         Saguaro Del Norte
·         Butcher Jones
·         Acacia
·         Boulder
·         Laguna
·         Palo Verde
·         Granite Reef
·         Phon D. Sutton
·         Coons Bluff
·         Saguaro Lake Marina
·         Canyon Lake Marina
·         Pebble Beach
·         Blue Point
·         Sheep’s Crossing
·         Water Users
·         Larry Forbis Group Site

Payson Ranger District
·         Houston Mesa Campground
·         Houston Mesa Horse Camp
·         Ponderosa Campground
·         Christopher Creek Campground
·         Sharp Creek Campground
·         Tonto Creek Campground
·         Tonto Creek Walk-In

Pleasant Valley Ranger District
·         Haigler Creek Campground

Tonto Basin Ranger District
·         Apache Lake Marina
·         Vineyard Picnic Site
·         Frazier Campground
·         Frazier Group Site
·         Windy Hill Campground
·         Cholla Campground
·         Grapevine Campground
·         Cottonwood Picnic Site
·         Schoolhouse Campground
·         Burnt Corral Campground

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