As part of a joint project to enhance Tucson Water’s Mosquito Abatement Program at the Sweetwater Wetlands and to provide a firefighting exercise for Tucson Fire, the two City departments have scheduled this year’s controlled burn for Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The alternate date is Wednesday, March 11.
Media is invited to arrive by 7:30 a.m. to communicate any requests prior to the safety briefing at 8 a.m. Officials will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. for interviews.
Sweetwater Wetlands is located at 2511 W. Sweetwater Drive, west of Prince and I-10. The wetlands will be completely closed to the public on Wednesday, March 4, and will reopen on Thursday, March 5.
People who may be sensitive to smoke generated by the controlled burn are asked to take precautionary measures or avoid the area. Residents and businesses within a one-mile radius have been notified by mail. Since 2002, the Tucson Water and the Tucson Fire departments have conducted annual controlled burns at the wetlands. This has been successful in helping control mosquito populations, while providing valuable fire suppression training. For more information about the controlled burn, go to tucsonaz.gov/water/burn.