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Fire restrictions reach Southern AZ due to dry, windy weather

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

For those planning a camping or outdoor trip this weekend, keep in mind new restrictions that go into effect today, May 1. 

Due to dry and windy conditions are forcing new fire restrictions in Southern Arizona.  The following are prohibited until further notice:

-Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area where grills are provided. 

-Smoking, except 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.

-Fireworks are always prohibited, year round, on federal lands.

These new restrictions apply to the following areas - the Gila District of the Bureau of Land Management, all districts of Coronado National Forest (this includes the Mt. Lemmon area), Saguaro National Park (east and west regions), Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Ft. Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacacori National Historical Park, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. 

The new restrictions are in compliance with previous restrictions set by the Arizona State Forestry Division that are in place statewide.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters possessing shut-off devices are allowed. When using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels. Prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.

In developed campsites or picnic areas where grills or fire rings are provided, fires are allowed but should never be left unattended and should be completely extinguished upon departure. Always, drown, stir, and repeat until the fire is cold to the touch.

Maintain spark arrestors, and don't run power equipment on windy days. Never park a vehicle over dead grass, the catalytic converter can ignite the vegetation. Maintain vehicle brakes, keep tires properly inflated, and shorten tow chains to prevent sparks.  One less spark means one less wildfire.

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