FLORENCE, AZ - Pinal County Air Quality will resume issuing open burning permits in portions of Pinal County on Sept. 16, 2013. The ban originally went into effect in late April to mitigate the risk of wildfire. Recent rains and higher humidity levels have reduced the fire risk in many areas.
The ban on open burning will remain in effect where local fire departments still regard open fires as a threat, including the Dudleyville Fire District.
Burning can resume in all areas of the Pinal Rural Fire Rescue 9-1-1 service area including within the Aravaipa Canyon outside of the Dudleyville Fire District beginning 1 mile east of AZ 77 on E. Aravaipa Rd. A burn permit is still required. Contact PRFR at 520-465-5300 prior to burning.
State law prohibits open burning in the portion of north central Pinal County that includes Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Gold Canyon and San Tan Valley. This region, referred to as Area A, is affected by more stringent air quality regulations that prohibit open burning until October 1.
On September 16, 2013 Pinal County Air Quality will also resume holding satellite office hours at the Casa Grande County Complex located at 820 E. Cottonwood Lane, Building A, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 AM to noon.
Applications for burn permits and additional information on open burning are available on the Air Quality Division’s website at http://1.usa.gov/15Twiwc or by calling the Pinal County Air Quality Division at 520-866-6929.