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Coconino National Forest areas closing due to fire, safety issues

Posted at 4:42 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 17:27:19-04

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.

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Areas outside of the closures will remain in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.

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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

Other park areas in Arizona are also restricted. For details and maps of these specific closure areas and the boundaries, please click here

Several other fires are burning around the state. Months ago, state officials warned of a busy wildfire season -- one that has already proved to be dangerous and destructive. 

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.