Maricopa County issues May 31 fire ban

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will initiate its annual fire ban on Tuesday, May 31.

The following Maricopa County parks are affected by the fire ban: Lake Pleasant Regional Park, White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Adobe Dam Regional Park, Buckeye Hills Regional Park, Estrella Mountain Regional Park (excludes turf area), San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Usery Mountain Regional Park, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Cave Creek Regional Park, and Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

“Recent rain and cooler temperatures have enabled the Department to delay the implementation of the annual fire ban until after Memorial Day. This will provide park visitors the opportunity to enjoy campfires and cookouts over the holiday weekend,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation director, in a prepared statement.

A fire ban is enforced to limit the possibility of starting a brush fire, which can cause serious damage to parks. The fire ban includes using campfires, fire pits and charcoal grills; however, it is acceptable to use gas and or propane grills in designated areas such as the ramada areas, semi-developed and developed camping sites, and along the shoreline at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. Violation of this park may result in a citation, according to the press release.

“During this time of year, the National Weather Service tends to issue red flag warnings across central Arizona to alert land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildfire ignition. When we experience high winds, the park supervisors have been authorized to issue a park specific temporary fire ban to ensure public safety and protect the park resources,” added Mr. Cardin. “When temporary fire bans are issued, information will be posted under the “alert banners” on the parks website and park visitors will be notified as they enter the park. We will also stop selling firewood during this time.”

Smoking is permitted in the parks, but park-goers are encouraged to be responsible and ensure cigarettes are properly extinguished and placed in trash receptacles, according to the press release. A date to lift the fire ban has not been set and will be determined by the amount of rain Maricopa County receives during the monsoon season.

If you have any questions regarding the fire ban, call the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department at 602-506-2930, or go to


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