Press Release: Tonto National Forest
With fires raging in all parts of the West, it may go without saying that each of us heading into the Fourth of July weekend must be careful not to create sparks when the forests are this dry. “Extreme” fire danger is the highest level of fire danger possible under the national Fire Danger Rating system, and that is where we stand: extreme.
And remember, sparks come from more than just campfires and wood stoves. It can be as simple as a cigarette dropped carelessly, discharging any kind of firearm, or operating a chainsaw or any other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine or welding.
And of course this includes fireworks, pyrotechnic devices…and explosives.
Violation of restrictions put in place by the Forest Service during this time is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, and imprisonment for up to six months.
For complete details on fire restrictions, see: http://www.gilacountyaz.gov/news_detail_T5_R116.php.