Kaitlyn Webb from the U.S. Forest Service explains how a prescribed burn is conducted and how it helps the forest.
Tonto National Forest will impose fire restrictions beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday, banning open campfires and other activities that may spark a wildfire.
Rising temperatures have prompted the agency to restrict fires to metal fire rings in developed campsites, which means campers in undeveloped areas must use stoves, lanterns and heating devices.
The agency has also banned welding equipment, chain saws, or “operating combustion engines without spark-arresting devices,” the agency said in a press release.
Target shooting is prohibited while the restrictions are in place. Hunting is allowed. Fireworks and explosives are prohibited year-round. Exploding targets and tracer rounds are illegal on public lands.
Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or at a developed recreation site as long as butts are not tossed on the ground.
With temperatures climbing, grasses and leaves are drying out and the fire danger is rising, the agency said.
For more information on fire restrictions, call 602-225-5200, or go to the Tonto Forest’s website.
Campfires are allowed in metal fire rings and grills at the following recreation sites:
Cave Creek Ranger District
Bartlett Lake Recreation Area
Bartlett Lake Marina
SB Cove parking lot ramadas with metal charcoal pedestal grills
Yellow Cliff parking lot ramadas with metal charcoal pedestal grills
Seven Springs Recreation Area
Springs Group Site
Lower Verde Recreation Area
Needle Rock Day Use Picnic Area
Globe Ranger District
Timber Camp Equestrian Group Site
Timber Camp Campground, Brundrett #1 and Brundrett #2
Jones Water Campground
Oak Flat Campground
Kellner Group Recreation Site (once Pinal Fire Area Closure is lifted)
Icehouse CCC Picnic Site (once Pinal Fire Area Closure is lifted)
Sulphide Del Rey Campground
Pinal Campground (once Pinal Fire Area Closure is lifted)
Upper Pinal Campground (once Pinal Fire Area Closure is lifted)
Pioneer Pass Campground (once Pinal Fire Area Closure is lifted)
Mesa Ranger District
Saguaro Del Norte
Phon D Sutton
Saguaro Lake Marina
Canyon Lake Marina
Larry Forbis Group Site
Payson Ranger District
Houston Mesa Campground
Houston Mesa Horse Camp
Christopher Creek Campground
Sharp Creek Campground
Tonto Creek Campground
Tonto Creek Walk-In
Pleasant Valley Ranger District
Airplane Flat Campground
Upper Canyon Creek Campground
Tonto Basin Ranger District
Apache Lake Marina
Vineyard Picnic Site
Frazier Group Site
Windy Hill Campground
Cottonwood Picnic Site
Burnt Corral Campground
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