After a lightning fire last month, Agua Caliente Park was temporarily closed while Pima County Natural Resources Park and Recreation cleans up.
On September 28, Agua Caliente Park at 12325 E. Roger Road caught fire after lightning struck a palm grove. Authorities said 225 palm trees and about 40 other trees were destroyed in the fire.
County park officials say palm trees are a safety hazard or need to be removed to implement planned erosion control measures along springs and streams, so about 20% of palms are currently said to be removing the
Harvested palm trees will be reused for the Bar V Ranch erosion control project in Pima County. The remaining palms will be monitored for health until spring, officials said.
The park will be temporarily closed while authorities assess the damage and clean up the debris. As of Wednesday morning, county officials said there was no reopening date yet.
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