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Area burned by eastern Arizona fire closed

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Forest officials say a closure in an area affected by a wildfire in eastern Arizona's White Mountains should not get in the way of campers' plans.

The U.S. Forest Service says the closure of a small area south of Vernon began Friday in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The closure prohibits campers from an area damaged by fire last June.

Officials say most parts of the forests remain open for recreation activities.

The San Juan Fire burned more than 8 square miles two months ago.

Anyone caught violating the closures could face a fine of up to $5,000 and six months in prison.

Only people with a Forest Service permit or authorized by the agency to do business in the area will be permitted in the closed off area.

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