The Arizona State Forestry Division is implementing fire restrictions Monday on state-owned lands in the southeastern region because of high risk of wildfires.
Effective immediately, fireworks, campfires, charcoal-burning devices such as barbecues and acetyline or other torches are prohibited. Smoking is only permitted inside enclosed vehicles, buildings, or in areas cleared of all flammable materials.
"In light of the increasing fire danger and wildfire activity we are seeing in the southeastern portion of the state, these fire restrictions are necessary to prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public health and safety," State Forester Scott Hunt was quoted in a press release. "It is especially important that Arizonans follow these restrictions and others implemented locally to limit the potential of devastating fires this summer."
The restrictions will remain in place until further notice and may be placed in other parts of the state if fire danger conditions warrant. Parks and campgrounds under the restrictions will remain open as usual.
In Pima County, restrictions include Catalina State Park, Arivaca Lake and Land, Santa Rita Wildlife Area, Three Points Shooting Range and Tucson Mountain Wildlife Area.
State lands in Pinal, Santa Cruz, Cochise and Graham counties are also affected.