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Increased Fire Restrictions on Tonto National Forest


Tonto National Forest


Tonto National Forest, 2324 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85006   

For Immediate Release June 7, 2012

Contact: Fire Information Officer   (602) 525-1042



Increased fire restrictions on Tonto National Forest begin June 8,

fireworks prohibited at all times

 PHOENIX (June 7, 2012) – Drought conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger have resulted in increased fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, June 8.  Most types of fire or fire-causing activities will be prohibited across the Tonto National Forest.

 Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or wood or charcoal-burning device is prohibited, except in Forest Service-provided fire grills and grates in developed recreation sites on the Cave Creek and Mesa ranger districts where charcoal only may be used (list attached).   No campfires of any type are allowed under any conditions in any other areas on the forest.

Smoking is only allowed only in a developed campground, vehicle, or building.

Gas and propane stoves, lanterns or heating devices are permitted. providing such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.

Welding, grinding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame is prohibited.

All internal combustion engines must have a spark-arresting device properly installed, be maintained and in effective working order, and meet appropriate safety standards.  The use of internal combustion engines is restricted to existing roads and trails, and developed campgrounds.   

Discharging firearms except in taking game in accordance with Arizona, federal, or tribal hunting laws, is prohibited. 


                 “Because of ongoing drought, dry forest conditions, and exceptionally low relative humidities, fire restrictions are needed to protect forest users, structures and natural resources from the increased potential for dangerous wildland fires,” said Tonto National Forest Acting Fire Staff Officer Helen Graham. “These precautionary measures are intended to enhance our visitors’ quality recreation experiences. Most areas of the Tonto National Forest remain available for recreation activity, including all the Salt River system lakes.”

Tonto NF increased fire restrictions in effect June 8, 2012

“We continue to remind the public that all fireworks are prohibited on the forest at all times,” concluded Graham.

Violation of these restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for individuals, $10,000 for organizations, and imprisonment for up to six months.

For more information regarding forest recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at  


For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona call toll free 877-864-6985, or visit the. Southwest Coordination Center (SWCC) website: or the Phoenix Interagency Fire Center (PIFC) at or the Arizona Public Lands website at


 Useful Websites:


National Incident Information System

Southwest Coordination Center

Phoenix Interagency Fire Center (PIFC)

National Interagency Fire Center:

National Fire Plan:


ARIZONA Websites: (fire prevention and restrictions)  (fire restrictions and other public lands information)   (wildfire information and Firewise)    (Arizona Emergency Information Network for ALL hazard emergency and

disaster information)


Fire Restriction Information: Toll free 1 (877) 864-6985


To report a wildfire, call 1-866-746-6516 or dial 911.

Tonto NF increased fire restrictions in effect June 8, 2012

Developed recreation sites where CHARCOAL FIRES ONLY are allowed in Forest-Service-provided fire grills and grates:




Cave Creek Ranger District                    Bartlett Lake Recreation Area


                                                                       Rattlesnake Cove


                                                              Lower Verde Recreation Area


                                                                      Needle Rock Day Use Picnic Area



Mesa Ranger District                           Saguaro Lake Marina

                                                                       Saguaro Del Norte
                                                                       Butcher Jones
                                                                       Canyon Lake Marina
                                                                       Palo Verde
                                                                      Granite Reef
                                                                      Phon D Sutton
                                                                      Coons Bluff
                                                                      Pebble Beach
                                                                      Blue Point
                                                                     Sheep’s Crossing
                                                                     Water Users
                                                                     Larry Forbis Group Site