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Maricopa County parks department to lift annual fire ban

Oct 8, 2015, 11:00 AM

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PHOENIX — Visitors in Maricopa County parks will be able to use campfires, fire pits and charcoal grills for the first time in months as the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is set to lift its annual fire ban on Friday.

Dawna Taylor, with the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, said the department typically tries to lift the fire ban before Labor Day weekend, but the sporadic rain and high temperatures forced the extended ban this year.

The ban went into place May 26.

“The bulk of rain hit central Phoenix, but on the outskirts where the parks are located hadn’t received enough rainfall.”

Tuesday’s big storm put that to an end.

With the brush still being extremely dry, they 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.

There are 10 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.

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Maricopa County parks department to lift annual fire ban