234 N. Central Ave., Ste. 6400
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Maricopa County parks prepare to lift fire ban
Regional parks permit campfires and grills
(Phoenix) – The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will lift its annual fire ban beginning Friday, August 30, 2013. This allows park visitors to use campfires, fire pits, and charcoal grills.
“With Labor Day weekend fast approaching, we know park visitors are eager to include a family barbecue as part of their holiday festivities at the lake. Over the past couple of months, each of the parks has benefited from the monsoon season so we’re comfortable lifting the ban. However, we’re not out of the woods yet in some 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,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director.
The system-wide fire ban was initiated on May 28 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 after a long summer,” added Cardin.
There are ten Maricopa County Parks: Lake Pleasant Regional Park, White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Adobe Dam Regional Park, Buckeye Hills Regional Park, Estrella Mountain Regional Park, San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Usery Mountain Regional Park, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Cave Creek Regional Park, and Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.
If you have any questions regarding any of the parks, call the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department at (602) 506-2930, or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks.
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About the Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Department: From hiking on a barrier-free trail, to horseback riding along a creek, Maricopa County Parks offer visitors the best of the Sonoran Desert. At approximately 120,000 acres, Maricopa County is home to one of the largest regional park system in the United States. All trails within the Maricopa County Park System are for non-motorized use only. The ten parks in the system circle the metropolitan area and all are within a 45-minute drive from downtown Phoenix. For more information on the park system, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks or phone (602) 506-2930.