Upcoming Forest Closures
19 May 2018, 4:51 AM,
Upcoming Forest Closures
Hi everyone,

Just a heads up, if you have not heard, many parts of the Coconino National Forest will be closing as Of Wednesday, 8AM, so if there is anywhere that you want to bird there, you better do it before Wednesday:

Coconino National Forest to close six large areas due to fire danger and public safety

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., May 18, 2018, For Immediate Release – Coconino National Forest will temporarily close six large areas to public access beginning Wednesday (May 23) 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.

Flagstaff Ranger District

San Francisco Peaks/Mt. Elden area (JPG)
Kelly Canyon area (JPG)
Fisher Point area (JPG)
Mormon Mountain area (JPG)
Mogollon Rim Ranger District
Mogollon Rim area south of state Route 87 (JPG)
Red Rock Ranger District
Fossil Creek area (JPG)

Forest closures of any kind are not taken lightly, as they affect many people, partner agencies, projects, permit holders, prior plans, and the public. Everyone is prohibited from entering forest closure areas – including Forest Service personnel, unless they are responding to a wildfire or other emergency or patrolling to ensure enforcement of the closure.

Closures and fire restrictions will be lifted when sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce the risk of wildfire, and hot, dry weather conditions are not forecast to continue. A closure across the entire national forest may be implemented in the future if dry and hot conditions persist without precipitation.

Violating closures and fire restrictions is a violation that carries a mandatory appearance in federal court, punishable as a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or up to six months in prison, or both.

For further information about fire restrictions in the Coconino National Forest, please call the Fire Restriction Hotline at 928-226-4607.


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