Tonto National Forest lifts fire and target shooting restrictions

PHOENIX, Nov. 10, 2020 –The Tonto National Forest in coordination with federal, state, and local partners will terminate the current Stage 1 Fire Restrictions and recreational shooting restriction effective Nov. 11, 2020 at 8 a.m. due to recent moisture, cooler temperatures and reduced fire activity.

The restrictions were implemented to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires during periods of high fire danger and elevated fire weather conditions.

“This year, the Tonto National Forest experienced an unprecedented wildfire season that challenged everyone from firefighters to the communities surrounding the forest,” said Acting Forest Supervisor Tom Torres. “The public is very passionate about the Tonto and we thank everyone for cooperating with these restrictions across the forest. Even though the fire danger has been reduced, there’s still the potential for a wildfire if people are not careful when building and extinguishing a campfire.”

Campfire tips:

  • Keep your fire small;
  • Always keep water and a shovel nearby and know how to use them to put out your campfire;
  • Be sure an adult is always watching the fire;
  • Keep an eye on the weather! Sudden wind gusts can blow sparks into vegetation outside your cleared area, causing unexpected fires;
  • Make sure your campfire is dead out!

Campfires, and charcoal BBQs must be completely extinguished after use. Abandoned campfires continue to be a major cause of wildfires. Always keep enough water on hand, and a tool to drown and stir fires. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave. More campfire safety and prevention tips can be found at Smokeybear.com.

Vehicles continue to be a significant cause of fires in the area. Please take the time to inspect vehicles and trailers for proper maintenance especially in relation to tire condition, brakes and wheel bearings. The Arizona climate is tough on tires and wheel bearings; tire blowouts or worn bearings can be very dangerous but can also cause wildfires. Take time to adjust trailer chains to avoid them dragging and sparking fires. Many tire shops and mechanics are available in the area to provide professional assistance in inspecting vehicles and often inspection is free.

Violators of regulations that prohibit abandoning a campfire are subject to a fine and/or imprisonment. If an abandoned campfire causes a wildfire, violators can also be held responsible for fire suppression costs.  For more information on Tonto National Forest restrictions visit our alerts and notices webpage or call the following district ranger stations for more information:  Cave Creek Ranger District (480) 595-3300; Globe Ranger District (928) 402-6200; Mesa Ranger District (480) 610-3300; Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900; and Tonto Basin Ranger District (602) 225-5395.





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