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Fire ban for Phoenix preserves goes into effect

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The annual fire ban at Phoenix mountain and desert preserves went into effect Monday and will continue through the summer.

Starting Monday, charcoal grilling will not be allowed in picnic areas or anywhere else in the preserves.

Wood-burning fire pits will be off limits, too.

However, people can bring propane or gas grills to use in designated picnic areas.

As always, if you're going to light up a cigarette – you'll need to do so inside of your car.

According to the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department website, the fire ban applies to the following preserves: 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 impact other city parks.

Entrances to Phoenix preserves now display signs warning of extreme fire danger and reminders that open flames are not allowed.

It's important to follow these rules.

As CBS5 meteorologist Jason Kadah has pointed out, this week the Phoenix area heads into its longest stretch of triple-digit temperatures so far this year.

The Valley will also be dealing with low humidity and wind.

On top of that, because of late-season rain – there has been a lot of vegetation growth in the Phoenix mountain and desert preserves.

As the weather heats up, that vegetation will dry out – providing fuel for wildfires.

"This (the ban) is for everybody's safety - so that we don't burn off our natural preserve areas here, so we can protect the wildlife," said Phoenix Fire Capt. Tony Mure. "And we don't want the mountain burning off and threatening homes nearby."

Mure also advises residents, who live along mountain and desert preserves, to clear dead brush from their yards.

He said you want at least 10 feet of defensible space around your property.

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