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Fire ban starts today on federal land

Starting today the public will no longer be able to have campfires outside of developed fee campgrounds or day-use areas on the 1.2-million-acre Prescott National Forest.

That campfire ban covers all U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property in this area too, including the Agua Fria National Monument.

However, people still will be able to have campfires and cooking fires in developed forest campgrounds and day-use areas.

The stage-one restrictions also cover cigarette smoking. On the national forest and BLM lands, the regulations will restrict smoking to people in vehicles, buildings or developed recreation areas where all flammable material is cleared.

On private lands, the restrictions will limit smoking to people in vehicles, residential yards and designated areas.

The restrictions also will prohibit the use of model rockets anywhere in Prescott and Central Yavapai. Fireworks always are illegal everywhere in Arizona unless someone has a special permits.

The Agua Fria Monument is banning all target shooting, although officials still will allow legal hunting.

The municipal fire agencies will stop issuing burn permits for people who want to burn woody materials on private property.

The fire restrictions will remain in effect until monsoon rains arrive with sufficient moisture this summer.

To keep up with local fire restrictions, see the web at www.regionalinfo-alert.org.

To see information about fire restrictions throughout Arizona and other wildfire issues, go to www.azstatefire.com. Or call 1-877-864-6985 toll free.

The Tonto National Forest is the only other national forest in Arizona with current fire restrictions.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management also is enacting restrictions along the Colorado River Wednesday.

Fires always are illegal on national wildlife refuges.

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