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Arizona Campgrounds Closed for Fire Safety

June 7, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Extreme fire danger and concern for the public’s safety have forced rangers in the Coronado National Forest to close the park until further notice, KNXV-TV, Phoenix, reported.

Beginning Thursday, all visitor centers, campgrounds, picnic areas, trails, summer cabins and camps will be temporarily shut down, Heidi Schewel with the Coronado National Forest confirmed.

However, district rangers may authorize use for specifically permitted activities through “special-use” permits, Schewel added.

If you choose to ignore the restrictions, you could be facing jail time, a $5,000 fine, or both.

Until further notice, the Catalina Highway on the Santa Catalina Ranger District will stay open during the day for visitors accessing the Summerhaven on Mt. Lemmon.

“Drivers cannot stop along the highway, and must use it strictly to access Summerhaven,” Schewel said. “The road will close at night.”

The Coronado National Forest will remain closed until “significant moisture is received” to reduce the threat of wildfires.

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