Coconino National Forest will temporarily close six large areas to public access beginning Wednesday, May 23rd at 8 a.m. due to fire danger and for public safety.
Areas outside of the closures will remain in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.
Of these areas, four are located in the Flagstaff Ranger District, one in the Mogollon Rim Ranger District, and one in the Red Rock Ranger District. The areas are:
- Flagstaff Ranger District
- San Francisco Peaks/Mt. Elden area Kelly Canyon area Fay Canyon/Fisher Point area
- Mormon Mountain area
- Mogollon Rim Ranger District
- Mogollon Rim area south of state Route 87
- Red Rock Ranger District
- Fossil Creek area
The Tinder Fire that scorched more than 16,000 acres near Happy Jack, Ariz., destroyed nearly 90 structures. An illegal campfire was the cause of the fire that started in late April.
A firefighter's home was also destroyed in the Bluff Fire that sparked near Walker, Ariz.