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Stage 1 fire restrictions in Coronado National Forest

Posted at 10:28 PM, May 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 14:29:06-04

As temperatures reach triple digits, the fire warning is high to extreme danger.

The U.S. Forest Service issued Stage 1 fire restrictions in the Coronado National Forest.

Fire officials say fire season was typically from April to July and now it's all year round. 

In the past month, nearly 50 thousand acres have burned in Southern Arizona due to wildfires.

Heidi Schewel with the forest service says the restrictions are very clear.

Fires are only permitted in recreation area sites that have grills or metal fire rings, smoking is prohibited unless in an enclosed vehicle or building, developed recreation area, or in an area which has been cleared of all flammable material for a three feet diameter around the smoker, and discharging a firearm is prohibited unless it's for legal hunting.   

She says aside from the restrictions, there are other things that drivers should know that could start a fire.

"There is a number of things people don't think about that could start a fire and that is driving over dry grasses and brush without a spark arrestor or even just parking a hot vehicle over dry fuel like that a fire can start," she explained.

Schewel says violating these restrictions can cost an individual $5,000 and an organization up to $10,000 and six months in jail.