Travel on the Mogollon Rim Road (Forest Road 300) is strongly discouraged.
The Pack Rat Fire burned several hundred acres along the Mogollon Rim in 2002, and many unstable trees are beginning to fall across the road.
"The area is already hazardous, but if the Rim receives moisture saturating the ground and then gets strong winds, it is going to be an extremely dangerous area, with many trees and tops of trees coming down," said Acting District Ranger Chris Thiel.
"There is also the possibility of getting trapped by a fallen tree in the road, turning around only to find another tree in the road," Thiel said.
The specific area to avoid is Forest Road 300 between the areas of the junctions of Forest Road 141 and Forest Road 300 to Forest Road 123 and Forest Road 300 junction. To avoid this area and still access the 300 Road east of the area, you may travel via State Highway 87 to Forest Road 141 and then take the alternate route, which has been defined as: Forest Road 141 to Forest Road 141H over to Forest Road 300, and then proceed east.
The Mogollon Rim Ranger District is continuing to explore ways of clearing the area, and until this section of the Rim Road is cleared it will continue to be unsafe for travel. There is a possibility that the area will be closed until the work is completed.
For more information, contact the Blue Ridge Ranger District at (928) 477-2255 or the Happy Jack Information Center at (928) 477-2172.