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Arizona forest to begin fire restrictions earlier than usual

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PHOENIX (AP) - Campfires, smoking and target shooting soon will be restricted on a central Arizona national forest.
    
The Tonto National Forest is implementing fire restrictions Wednesday. The move comes earlier than usual this year because of dry weather and warm temperatures.
    
Building a campfire, smoking outside a vehicle or developed recreation site, and target shooting will be prohibited.
    
The use of fireworks or explosives is always banned.
    
Officials say campers can use petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns and heating devices if the fire can be extinguished immediately.
    
Anyone found guilty of violating fire restrictions faces a maximum $5,000 fine and six months in jail.
 

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