Every year Tucson Water partners with the Tucson Fire Department to conduct a controlled burn of the Wetlands. Half of the park is burned in an effort to keep the cattails from overtaking the ponds, opening precious habitat for the waterfowl. The effort also minimizes breeding areas for mosquitoes.
There will be a huge cloud of thick black smoke. Don’t fret, the large trees are spared, the birds and other wildlife can still use the other half of the park, and the plants grow back quite fast!
The park will be closed for the entire day and is scheduled to re-open the next morning. If the weather doesn’t cooperate the burn will take place on Tuesday, 03-15. More info: 2016 Controlled Burn flyer