The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will lift its annual fire ban on Tuesday, Dec. 1. This allows park visitors to use campfires in designated fire rings and receptacles.
“Now that the cooler temperatures have arrived in the evening, we know park visitors are eager to include a family barbecue and campfire as part of their festivities in the parks," R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department director, said in a release. "However, I’d like to remind everyone that the vegetation in parks is still extremely dry and to keep a close eye on their campfires. If wind conditions or other factors become a problem, the park supervisors may issue a temporary fire ban to ensure park visitor and park resource safety."
The system-wide fire ban was initiated on May 11 to limit the possibility of starting a brush fire, which could cause serious damage to the parks and neighboring property owners. On June 1, the department took extra precautions by expanding the fire ban to include smoking, except within designated areas.
“The fall season is beautiful in the Sonoran desert. With the weather starting to cool down, we’ve begun to experience an uptick in campground reservations. During your visit, remember to have masks on hand in case you need to visit the park’s restrooms, are joining us for a ranger-led program, or need to come in close contact with individuals who are not members of your immediate party,” Mr. Cardin said in the release.
There are 11 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, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, and Hassayampa River Preserve.
For questions regarding any of the parks, call the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department at 602-506-2930 or go to maricopacountyparks.net.