The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will ban open fires in city mountain and desert preserves effective Monday, May 13. 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 creates each spring. Additional information on the ban is available online at

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

• Open, wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in any part of the Phoenix mountain preserves.

• Smoking outside of enclosed vehicles will continue to be prohibited.

• Propane or gas grills may be used but only in established picnic areas.

Motorists traveling through or near Phoenix desert preserves should exercise extreme care with smoking materials and use only their vehicle’s ash trays to dispose of smoking materials.

The 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 fire ban does not apply to traditional city parks.

• Briefs compiled from staff and wire reports.

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