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Open Fires Ban In The City’s Desert And Mountain Preserves Begins

Open Fires Ban begins at Phoenix desert and mountain preserves

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The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Fire Department on Monday began their annual ban on open fires in the city’s desert and mountain preserves.

Phoenix Park rangers say the annual ban is expected to run through mid-October.

The ban applies to Camelback Mountain, Papago Park, all areas of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, South Mountain Park and Preserve, North Mountain and surrounding areas, the Sonoran Preserve, and the Deem Hills area.

Phoenix fire and park officials say the ban is in effect due to the extreme fire danger that the combination of low humidity, increasing temperatures, and frequent high winds create each spring.

For those using the preserves, the fire ban stipulates the following:

  • Open, wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in any part of Phoenix’s preserves
  • Smoking outside of enclosed vehicles will continue to be prohibited
  • Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas

Currently, the ban does not apply to traditional city parks.

Park rangers want to remind residents whose property borders the preserves to remove dry shrubs, brush, and grasses, and trim dead branches from trees within the 10-foot strip of preserve bordering their property.

Anyone who violates the Open Fires Ban law could be cited with a Class One Misdemeanor, which could carry with it a penalty of up to $2,500 and up to six months jail time.

For more details regarding removing vegetation, residents can contact a Phoenix park ranger by calling 602-495-5458 or by e-mail at natural.