I found out about this initially by placing the Humphreys Peak wikipedia article (that Steve Tursi) had noted the closure on my "watchlist" The new toys work!
For Immediate Release
June 30, 2006
Contact: Forest Closure Info Center - 928-226-4601
Flagstaff, AZ – Most of the Coconino National Forest will reopen to public access at 8:00 A.M. Sunday, July 2, thanks to enough rainfall to sufficiently dampen the extreme fire danger. The Red Rock Ranger District, essentially the portion of the Coconino below the Mogollon Rim, will remain closed until that area of the forest receives more rain. The entire Coconino National Forest has been under closure since Friday, June 23.
“Our Forest Information Center received over 1,000 calls over the past 10 days inquiring about the forest closure. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation while the Forest Service employed this ultimate fire prevention strategy,” said Nora Rasure, Coconino National Forest Supervisor. “The forest closure was effective. No human caused wildfires have been reported on the Coconino so far during the closure.”
The boundaries of Red Rock Ranger District are roughly described as northeast of the Verde River, west of a meandering line between the junction of Highways 87 and 260 to Stoneman Lake, south of where Interstate 17 drops off the rim, and east of Sycamore Canyon. Included in the closure area are: Stoneman Lake, Fossil Springs Wilderness, western half of West Clear Creek Wilderness, Beaver Creek, Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness, Munds Mountain Wilderness, Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, all Forest Service campgrounds, picnic areas and trailheads in Oak Creek Canyon. Private land owners who access their property through closed areas of the National Forest must obtain a permit from the district office that manages the adjacent National Forest System lands. To receive an entry permit, individuals and organizations need to provide photo identification and proof of residence.
The following restrictions are still in effect on the open areas of the Coconino National Forest:
* Campfires—including charcoal fires—are prohibited, including in developed recreation sites. Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters are allowed.
* Operating a chainsaw for personal use with a firewood permit is prohibited between 9:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M.
* No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or developed recreation site.
* Welding is prohibited.
* Using an explosive is prohibited.
* Operating any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arrester is prohibited.
* Operating a motor vehicle off National Forest System roads is prohibited, except when parking in an area cleared of vegetation, and except in the Cinder Hills Off-Highway Vehicle Area north of Flagstaff.
* Fireworks are ALWAYS prohibited on national forest lands.
Violations are punishable by a fine of not more that $5000, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. These restrictions will remain in place until enough precipitation falls to further decrease fire danger. For further information about closures and restrictions in the Coconino National Forest, call 928-226-4601 between 7:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M, or visit www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino. For information on fire restrictions on all public lands in Arizona, call toll-free 1-877-864-6985, or see http://www.azfireinfo.com