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Pinal County Announces Seasonal Fire Ban for Parks and Trails

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With the dry season upon us, the Pinal County Parks & Trails Department has declared a fire ban effective from May 1 to September 30, 2024, covering all areas under its management. This ban is instituted as a precautionary measure to prevent wildfires and ensure public safety.

During this period, visitors are strictly prohibited from lighting campfires, using fire pits, or operating charcoal grills in all county-managed parks, trails, and trailheads. This restriction extends to all developed campgrounds and picnic areas that are normally accustomed to such activities.

However, there is an allowance for those who still wish to enjoy a cookout in the great outdoors. Gas and propane grills can be used in designated areas, specifically semi-developed and fully developed camping sites. These facilities offer a safer alternative for cooking while reducing the risk of igniting a fire in these vulnerable natural settings.

In an effort to maintain the health and integrity of Pinal County's natural landscapes, smoking will also be prohibited across all parks and trails for the duration of the fire ban.

It is crucial for visitors to adhere to these regulations, as non-compliance could result in legal repercussions. Violators may face citations under Title 16, Chapter II., Section 16-20 (j) Fires, of the Pinal County Code, potentially being charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor.

While the current plan is to lift the fire ban on September 30, it's important to note that this date is not set in stone. The Parks & Trails Department will be closely monitoring conditions such as precipitation levels and the dryness of vegetation. Should the risk of wildfire remain high, the department may deem it necessary to extend the fire ban beyond the initial end date.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to stay informed on the status of the ban and adhere to all guidelines to help protect our beautiful and treasured parks and trails. For a complete list of affected locations, further details on the ban, and updates throughout the season, please contact the Pinal County Parks & Trails Department at 520-509-3555. 
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