Memorial Day weekend draws Tucsonans to Mt. Lemmon - Tucson News Now

Memorial Day weekend draws Tucsonans to Mt. Lemmon

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MT. LEMMON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The cooler weather has made Mt. Lemmon one of the prime spots for Memorial Day weekend. But, fire officials warn fire danger is high.

With many students out of school and others having 3 day weekends. They're taking shorter get away trips to places like Mt. Lemmon.

It's the unofficial start of Summer for most. This Memorial Day weekend, AAA is predicting more people are staying closer to home.

"Just to get out of the heat, we usually come up to a national park," said David Martin, a Tucson resident.

Whether you're camping or just spending the day picnicking like Martin and his family.

"Basically relaxing, taking it easy, honoring veterans," said Martin. "My father in law is a Navy veteran."

His father-in-law, Jack Garrett sits close to his American flag.

It's a day of remembrance of the country and I think that's important," said Garrett.

It's also been a busy weekend for firefighters as fire danger remains high. In most cases, campers aren't allowed to light campfires and so far, Mt. Lemmon Fire Chief, Randy Ogden says they've had to put out five.

"We're just asking people to use common sense," said Ogden. "It really isn't rocket science."

They're asking people to be aware of dry brush and its potential to catch fire."

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