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4:51 AM Mon, Nov. 19th

Fire rules in forests affect more than camping

Fire and smoking restrictions started Wednesday in most of the Prescott, Tonto, Apache-Sitgreaves, Kaibab and Coconino national forests.

The restrictions are:

• Campfires, charcoal grills and stove fires are prohibited on these national forests, except in developed camp and picnic grounds where the Forest Service provides metal grills. The newly designated dispersed campsites in the Prescott Basin don't have grills, so campfires there are illegal.

People still can use gas and pressurized liquid stoves, lanterns and heaters that meet safety specifications.

• Smoking is legal only within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in a three-foot-diameter area free of all flammable material.

The Coconino and Kaibab forests also have banned the use of chainsaws and other equipment powered by internal combustion engines on most parts of those forests between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The Prescott National Forest has exempted two areas from the fire and smoking restrictions: all portions of the Chino Ranger District east of Highway 89; and all portions of the Verde Ranger District outside of the ponderosa pine vegetation zone.

Fire and smoking also remain legal in the piñon/juniper areas of the Sedona and Beaver Creek ranger districts of the Coconino Forest; and the lower desert elevations of the Tonto Forest.

Fireworks always are prohibited everywhere in Arizona.

Information on fire restrictions throughout Arizona and New Mexico forests is available on the Internet at www.fs.fed.us/r3/fire. Or, you can call toll-free 1-877-864-6985 to listen to recorded information about each forest.