- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Cars will not be able to access mountain preserves and desert parks within the city of Phoenix on Independence Day.

The city plans to close all gates at 3 p.m. on Monday to South Mountain Park, Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Camelback Mountain and other areas.

The city says it’s trying to keep fire danger at a minimum.

A fire ban that began on May 22 also remains in effect.

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