Starting Wednesday, the National Forest Service is putting its fire restrictions into effect for four of our national forests with the highest risks of wildfires.
The restrictions affect the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests.
Here's what you need to know when you set up your next campsite...
- Fires of any kind are only allowed at designated campgrounds.
- Smoking is only allowed in closed vehicles
- Propane and butane grills are allowed, but they must have an on/off switch and must be at least three feet away from any flammable materials.
- Fireworks are prohibited year round.
These fire restrictions help prevent human-caused wildfires in the forests, especially when campfires are abandoned or not put out properly.
Closer to home on Mt. Lemmon, there are no fire restrictions, but rangers are asking that you be sure to completely douse your campfire in water when finished. Unattended or abandoned campfires smolder for hours and can spark at any time causing a forest fire.
These restrictions last until August 31st. If forest rangers catch you ignoring the restrictions, they can charge you with a misdemeanor or a fine up to $5,000, so play it safe and follow the restrictions!