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July 4 Restrictions for Desert Parks and Mountain PreservesJuly 4 Restrictions for Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves<div class="ExternalClassDEB1069122B64B41ACE4F612DC71C25D"><p>To reduce fire danger, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will restrict vehicle access on July 4 to the city's desert parks and mountain preserves starting at 3 p.m. <a href="/news/parks/1716" target="_blank">The annual fire ban for these areas that started on May 15 remains in effect</a>.</p><p>Park rangers will close all gates at 3 p.m. to Camelback Mountain, Papago Park, all areas of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, South Mountain Park/Preserve, North Mountain and surrounding areas, the Sonoran Preserve, Deem Hills and surrounding areas, and Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area. Additionally, the upper lookouts in South Mountain Park/Preserve will be emptied and closed at 1 p.m. Roadways in Papago Park will be closed at 3 p.m.  </p><p>The following list of regulations will apply in those areas on July 4:</p><ul><li>No fireworks<br></li><li>No open fires (part of ongoing fire ban that went into effect on May 15)<br></li><li>No charcoal fires, even in established picnic areas (gas grills are permitted)<br></li><li>No smoking outside of a vehicle (part of ongoing fire ban)<br></li><li>No alcoholic beverages<br></li><li>No glass beverage containers<br></li></ul><p>Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department staff encourage Valley residents to celebrate Independence Day by attending one of the city's free events. Those events provide a better vantage point to view fireworks and offer additional family-oriented activities. <a href="/parks/special-events/fabphx4" target="_blank">View details about the city's official Independence Day events</a>.</p><p>Those utilizing the city's desert parks and mountain preserves during warm weather months are reminded to use extra caution. Heat-related illnesses are common from May to October, and generally occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or overexerted their body. </p><p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Fire Department remind trail users to follow important life-saving <a href="/parks/trails" target="_blank">"Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> safety guidelines. Additionally, city of Phoenix park rangers advise against hiking during triple-digit heat.</p><p>Park rangers also remind trail users that a new rule was approved by the Parks and Recreation Board in fall 2016 that prohibits dogs on all city trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. Violators can be cited with a Class One Misdemeanor, which could carry with it a fine of up to $2,500 and up to six months jail time, based on a judge's decision. <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_safe_heat_wave.html?" target="_blank">The Humane Society provides additional information about how to keep pets safe during warm weather</a>.</p></div>6/30/2017 5:30:00 PMGregg Bach, 602-262-4994Parks and Recreation Department, Natural Resources Division602-495-5458