Federal officials have increased fire restrictions across Southern Arizona.

Strict new rules prohibiting fire usage on nearly all federal lands in the region took effect Wednesday.

All campfires, a well as wood and portable stoves, are prohibited under the new restrictions.

The affected areas include Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and Chiricahua National Monument.

Heidi Schewel, the spokesperson for the Coronado National Forest, said Arizonans need to be highly aware of wildfire risk.

"The conditions are becoming more conducive to large fire development," she said. "The environment is dry. A couple of the things working against us right now are that we are in an ongoing drought, so things are very, very dry.”

Schewel said the new restrictions also bar smoking, except while in an enclosed vehicle or building, as well as discharging firearms, except when legally hunting.

The fire restrictions will remain in effect until the extremely dry conditions in Southern Arizona change.