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Maricopa County Parks Enacting Fire Ban May 1

Maricopa County regional parks are starting their seasonal fire ban a little bit earlier this year as a result of increased rainfall.

Fire bans are usually implemented in the latter part of May, but for the 2019 season, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation is starting the fire ban on May 1.

Department Director R.J. Cardin said an abundance of rainfall generated an outstanding wildflower season.

“But now it’s created a lot of grasses and drying up bushes in the parks that are, quite frankly, creating a heavy fire load and we’re just concerned about potential damage to the parks,” Cardin said.

The ban includes the use of campfires and fire pits in all county parks. Cardin said the ban will likely stay in place until around Labor Day.

After spending seven months as a news intern for KJZZ, Matt Kling returned in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter, mainly on the weekends.Kling’s radio career started when he joined Blaze Radio as freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. At Blaze Radio he has served as a host, producer and assistant production director. He’s also interned for KTAR before joining KJZZ in 2018.Kling also has extensive work in television production, working as a director, technical director and other positions for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Today, Kling serves as a newscast producer for Cronkite News. He anticipates graduation from the Cronkite School in May 2019.When he’s not working, you can find Kling out and about on the town, or in his downtown Phoenix apartment watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.