BLM restricts fireworks over holiday weekend

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SAFFORD, Ariz. (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management says all fireworks are restricted on federally managed lands in Arizona because of the extreme fire danger.

Fireworks are also banned on state trust lands, state parks and Arizona Game and Fish wildlife areas.

The penalty for setting off fireworks in these areas ranges from a fine, to prison of up to six months, or both.

Officials have issued fire restrictions and closures across much of the state prohibiting the use of smoking, wood or charcoal fires, welding and even firing off guns in some areas. Any spark has the potential of setting off a catastrophic wildfire.

The Coronado National Forest in southeast and southern Arizona remains closed because of the extreme fire danger.