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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona' State Forester issues new fire restrictions for all state-owned lands, according to an Arizona Forestry release. 

The announcement is due to an increased risk of wildfires in the state, the new fire restrictions apply to all state-owned and state run lands in Arizona and will apply beginning Friday, April 18 and continuing until further notice. 

"The State has seen an increase in the number of wildfires in the last few weeks, with most being human-caused," said State Forester Scott Hunt in the release.  "Implementing fire restrictions will reduce the threat of wildfire to communities and to natural resources; Arizona residents can do their part in preventing human-caused fires by following the fire restrictions guidelines for State-owned and State-managed lands."

Covered by the new fire restrictions are all unincorporated state-owned and state-managed lands south of the Grand Canyon, this includes all State Trust lands, all Game and Fish Wildlife area, all Department of Transportation highway right of way property not owned by Federal land management agencies.  All state parks fall under the fire restrictions, though the state parks will remain open with campfires allowed in developed campgrounds only.  For more on the state parks go online to http://azstateparks.com.

The following restrictions are set -

1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area is prohibited.  Exemptions include persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off.

2. Smoking is prohibited unless: it is within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

3. The discharging or using of any kind of fireworks and incendiary devices is prohibited.

4. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch device with an open flame is prohibited.

Exemptions to the above restrictions include:

1. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

2. All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated in city ordinance.

If local authorities have imposed stronger restrictions than those listed above, then the local restrictions shall apply. These restrictions do not apply to private lands.

For more information regarding fire restrictions, please visit the fire restrictions website at http://firerestrictions.us/az. Additional information about the Arizona State Forestry Division and the Notice of Fire Restrictions may be found at www.azsf.gov

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