The summer barrel racing series, sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, is canceled this week, due to road closures and heavy smoke from the Willow Fire.
"With the closure of Highway 87 south of Payson, we felt it would only be fair to our Rye and Tonto Basin participants to cancel this week," coordinator Charlene Hunt said.
The series is based on a point system and Hunt said there are several people from Rye to Tonto Basin who are currently ranked in the top seven.
The series will continue July 15.
For more information, call Parks and Recreation at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.