Coronado closures in effect Thursday

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Since noon Thursday, the Coronado National Forest is closed, thanks to the fire danger.

That includes visitor centers, campgrounds, picnic areas, trails, summer cabins and organization camps on those public lands.

The only people exempt from the closure are those with a letter from the forest service and those who own private land within forest boundaries.

The Sabino Canyon visitor center and paved roads will be open between dawn and dusk. And you can still drive on state highways and county roads through the forest.

The closure will stay in place until monsoon rain brings the danger down.

Trails and trail-heads that allow access to the Coronado National Forest and Rincon District of Saguaro National Park are also closed.

The restrictions will be posted at public access points in the affected parks.

There is a prohibition against smoking in Agua Caliente Park and other smoking bans could be put in effect.