October 20, 2011
Regional parks permit campfires and grills
(Phoenix) – The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will lift its annual fire ban beginning Friday, October 21, 2011. This allows park visitors to use campfires, fire pits, and charcoal grills.
“With the brush being dry in some areas, we will continue to monitor the parks. If wind conditions become a problem, the park supervisors have been given permission to issue a temporary fire ban. Information pertaining to temporary fire bans will be posted under the “alert” section of the respective park Websites on the internet,” stated R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director.
The system-wide fire ban was initiated on May 16 to limit the possibility of starting a brush fire, which could cause serious damage to the parks. Diminished fuel loads, cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels have helped to alleviate some of that concern.
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.