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06-22-2006, 03:08 PM
Closures introduced, restrictions extended on Tonto

PHOENIX (June 21, 2006) The Tonto National Forest will close the Mogollon Rim running from the Town of Strawberry to the Fort Apache Indian Reservation beginning Friday at 8 a.m. The Tonto will also close the Pinal Mountains south of Globe and tighten fire restrictions at the same time.
The closure order will prohibit anyone from being in the restricted areas, which stretch approximately five to seven miles into the Tonto from the Mogollon Rim and also cover the Pinal Mountains. Exceptions to this order are included for residents within the restricted area and government employees engaged in official duties.
Fire restrictions covering the entire Tonto National Forest now prohibit campfires across the Payson, Pleasant Valley and Globe ranger districts. The exemptions that previously allowed campfires at developed recreation sites on those ranger districts have been withdrawn. Campfires and charcoal grill use will still be allowed at developed recreation sites on the Tonto Basin, Mesa and Cave Creek ranger districts, which includes the Salt and Verde rivers and their chains of lakes.
Fire restrictions across the forest also prohibit recreational shooting, smoking outside of a cleared area, use of power tools with internal combustion engines and off-highway vehicle use off of designated roads and trails.
For maps of the closure and fire restriction areas, including a list of exempted recreation sites, visit the Tonto National Forest website at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.
Violation of these restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months in jail.
For more information regarding recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.
For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona call toll free 877-864-6985, or visit the Southwest Coordination Center website at http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/.