Forest outside metropolitan Phoenix ups fire restrictions

Posted at 5:03 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 20:03:40-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Higher temperatures and dried-out grass have pushed a national forest outside Phoenix into further fire restrictions.

Tonto National Forest supervisor Neil Bosworth says implementing the Stage II restrictions will help prevent human-caused wildfires.

Campfires already had been banned on all six national forests in Arizona until the end of June.

The Tonto's restrictions that went into effect Tuesday also prohibit other open flames and limit the use of combustion power tools.

Smoking is allowed in enclosed vehicles or in buildings.

Violating fire restrictions comes with a potential fine of up to $5,000 and six months behind bars.