The Main Stream

May 25, 2012 9:00 PM

Red flag warning rough for some campers

TUCSON-If you're going camping this Memorial Day Weekend, you'll need to plan ahead.

Many areas are under a red flag warning.

With the high winds and a red flag warning in place, not everyone is enjoying their weekend getaway to the fullest.

"It kind of sucks. We haven't had a campfire, so that's kind of the thing about camping," said Javier Venegas.

Due to an increased fire danger, Coronado National Forest officials will not allow you to build, maintain or use a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove fire.

And fireworks are always prohibited in national forests.

"I think it's a good deal because if you have a fire and the wind starts blowing the coals into the trees, you're going to cause a forest fire," said Dan Stutsman.

Cathy and Dan Stutsman make their way to Mt. Lemmon several times a year, and although they say they love making bonfires, they'll do anything to preserve this forest that is dear to their hearts.

"We bought a new (propane) camp stove last year, so it gave us a chance to use it this year," said Cathy.

Smoking is also prohibited except when inside an enclosed vehicle or building. Violators of these restrictions could be fined up to 5 thousand dollars.

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