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Moonset Pit will be open this Saturday
Forest debris can be deposited on Saturday

The Kaibab National Forest, Ponderosa Fire District and Sherwood Forest Estates Fire Department continue offering local residents the opportunity to use Moonset Pit. The pit will be open on Saturday.

On open pit dates, area residents can deposit forest debris such as tree limbs and pine needles from their private property at the cinder pit, which is located on National Forest just west of the Parks community off old Route 66.

Ponderosa and Sherwood Forest Estates Fire Department personnel staff the pit from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on open pit dates in order to ensure access and prevent disposal of unauthorized materials. Only natural, woody debris from private property can be deposited. Illegal dumping at Moonset Pit has been a major problem. Pit abuses include dumping items other than natural, woody debris; dumping on days when the pit is not open to the public; dumping outside of the pit when the gate is closed; and, breaking and removing the lock to the pit gate. Moonset Pit is only open to the public on officially-designated days. No garbage, building materials, dimension lumber, or other items are allowed. No dumping outside of the gate is permitted.

Individuals interested in volunteering to staff the pit under fire department supervision should contact Wayne Marx, chief of the Sherwood Forest Estates Fire Department, at (928) 607-3005.

For further information, contact Jackie Denk at 635-8314.

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