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Officials restrict campfires ahead of fire season

Posted: June 21, 2013 6:00 p.m.
Updated: June 21, 2013 6:00 p.m.
 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — San Bernardino National Forest officials are warning visitors that drought conditions have created the potential for major fires.

In a release Thursday, officials asked forest visitors to keep their vehicles on paved roads, use extreme caution with open fires and extinguish cigarettes in vehicle ashtrays instead of tossing them out windows.

Violations could lead to unhappy campers who can be fined up to $10,000 or face six months imprisonment.

Campfires are permitted in developed campgrounds, within fire rings or camp stoves.

Some campsites prohibit fires, and visitors should call local ranger stations to check locations.

Recreational shooting is limited to public ranges, except those engaged in legal hunting.

Fireworks are always prohibited at the San Bernardino National Forest.

Violators are responsible for damage, costs and injuries from a resulting wildfire.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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