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Fire Ban For Phoenix Desert And Mountain Preserves Goes Into Effect May 1, 2018Fire Ban For Phoenix Desert And Mountain Preserves Goes Into Effect May 1, 2018<div class="ExternalClass3E4A669646294FBFBEECEB7E0BCA6FB7"><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will ban open fires in the city's desert and mountain preserves starting Tuesday, May 1, 2018. In consultation with the Phoenix Fire Department, smoking and charcoal fires are included in the ban due to the extreme fire danger that the combination of low humidity, increasing temperatures and frequent high winds create each spring. Additional information about the ban is available at <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1371367/354073/13223/3/">phoenix.gov/parks/trails</a>.<br></p><p>For those using the preserves, the fire ban stipulates the following:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Open, wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in any part of Phoenix's preserves* </li><li>Smoking outside of enclosed vehicles will continue to be prohibited </li><li>Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas</li></ul><p>Motorists traveling through or near Phoenix desert or mountain preserves should use extreme care with smoking materials and dispose of those only in their vehicle's ash tray. </p><p>To protect their homes, residents whose property borders the preserves may remove dry shrubs, brush and grasses, and trim dead branches from trees within the 10-foot strip of preserve bordering their property. By creating this 10-foot "buffer zone," residents can help to protect their homes from brush fires in the adjacent preserve. Preserve neighbors also should check irrigation lines and pool back-flush hoses to ensure that water is not seeping into the preserve. Outside water sources encourage unnaturally dense vegetation growth, which increases fire risk.</p><p>For general information regarding removing vegetation, residents can contact a park ranger by calling 602-495-5458 or e-mailing <a href="mailto:natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov">natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov</a>. </p><p>As temperature increases and humidity drops this time of year, those recreating in the city's desert and mountain preserves should 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 based on physical condition or age.</p><p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Phoenix Fire Department remind trail users to "Take a Hike. Do it Right." A pre-hiking checklist and hiking safety tips are viewable at <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1371367/354073/21544/6/">phoenix.gov/parks/hikeright</a>.</p><p>Please continue to protect your pets while on Phoenix trails and keep them on a 6 foot non-retractable leash at all times. For the safety of your pets, no dogs are allowed on all Phoenix trails when temperatures reach 100 degrees and above. Please practice responsible judgement at all temperatures.</p><p><em>*The fire ban applies to Camelback Mountain, Papago Park, all areas of the Phoenix Mountains, South Mountain Park/Preserve, North Mountain and surrounding areas, the Sonoran Preserve, and the Deem Hills area. The ban does not apply to traditional city parks.</em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br></p></div>4/25/2018 7:00:00 AMJames Ritter602-261-8645