Maricopa County parks prepare to lift fire ban

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The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will lift its annual fire ban on Friday, Oct. 9. This allows park visitors to use campfires, fire pits, and charcoal grills.

“We typically try to lift the fire ban prior to Labor Day weekend; however, the sporadic rain and high temperatures in the county’s regional parks forced us to extend our ban this year. With the brush still being extremely dry, we will be keeping a close eye on the parks. If wind conditions or other factors become a problem, the park supervisors may issue a temporary fire ban to ensure park and visitor safety. Should this occur, information will be posted under the park’s alert system on the website, and guests in the parks will be notified,” Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director R.J. Cardin said in a press release.

The system-wide fire ban was initiated on May 26 to limit the possibility of starting a brush fire, which could cause serious damage to the parks and neighboring property owners.  Diminished fuel loads, higher humidity levels and valley-wide showers have helped to alleviate some of that concern.

“The fall season is absolutely beautiful in the Sonoran desert, and I hope all residents will get out and reconnect with nature. We’re bulking up our interpretive programs, and have a couple of promotions planned to draw visitors back into the parks,” Mr. Cardin said.

There are 10 Maricopa County Parks. In the far east Valley, they are San Tan Mountain Regional Park in Queen Creek and Usery Mountain Regional Park in Mesa. Additionally, they are: Lake Pleasant Regional Park, White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Adobe Dam Regional Park, Buckeye Hills Regional Park, Estrella Mountain Regional Park, , McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Cave Creek Regional Park and Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

For more information about any of the parks, call the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department at 928-501-9200 or visit the department’s website.

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