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Pinal County Implements Fire Ban in Managed Parks and Trails to Prevent Wildfires

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Pinal County's Open Space and Trails Department has announced a fire ban that will be implemented from Monday, May 1, 2023, until September 30, 2023, for all Pinal County managed parks, trails, and trailheads. The fire ban is in response to the increased wildfire fuels resulting from rising temperatures, which could have a negative effect on park resources, visitors, and park neighbors.


The fire ban does not permit campfires, fire pits, and charcoal grills in any Pinal County managed park or trailhead. This includes developed campgrounds and picnic areas. However, visitors may still use gas/propane grills in designated areas such as semi-developed and developed camping sites. Smoking is prohibited in all areas.

Violators of the fire ban may face citations under Title 16, Chapter II., Section 16-20 (j) Fires - of the Pinal County, AZ, Code, which could include up to a Class 2 misdemeanor.

While September 30 is the scheduled date for the lift of the fire ban, an extension is possible. Open Space and Trails staff will monitor precipitation levels and vegetation conditions in the parks throughout the summer to determine if an extension is necessary.

Kent Taylor, Pinal County Open Space, and Trails Director, explained that Pinal County's parks, trails, and open spaces were abundant with wildflowers this Spring due to the heavy rains in the winter. As a result, many visitors from across the state and nearby states were able to enjoy the beautiful Sonoran desert. However, with rising temperatures, the risk of brush fires has increased. The implementation of a Fire Ban is a necessary measure to reduce the opportunities for brush fires and their negative effects.

Visitors can contact the Pinal County Open Space and Trails Department at 520-509-3555 or visit www.pinal.gov for additional information regarding the fire ban. It is important to follow these guidelines and take proactive measures to ensure that our parks, trails, and open spaces remain safe and protected.
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