Flagstaff – The Coconino National Forest is reducing the size of the
emergency fire closure around the Schultz Fire area to allow more
recreational access to areas that have been deemed safe.
Though the new closure order is currently in effect, Forest Service
personnel are in the process of repositioning the closure signs according
to the new boundaries through today and should be finished by tomorrow.
One of the greatest safety concerns within the fire area is the hazard of
dead trees falling over, which will be a safety issue for a long time. In
addition, because of the severity of the burn and lack of vegetation, loose
rocks are rolling down the hillside posing a safety concern, say Forest Service officials.
The following trails and roads fall under the new reduced closure area:
Schultz Pass Road (FR 420, fromSchultz Pass to the north); Lockett Meadow Road (FR 552); Waterline Road (FR 146); Elden Springs Road (FR 556); Little Bear Trail; Little Elden Trail; Deer Hill Trail; Inner Basin Trail; Lockett Meadow Campground and Little Elden Springs Horse Camp
Fire closures are implemented as standard fire operations procedure for
public safety and firefighter safety. This modified closure to public
access is in force until Sept. 15, or later if necessary.
The U.S. Forest Service is still seeking information concerning the person
or persons responsible for causing the Schultz Fire. To date, no arrests
have been made in connection with the Schultz Fire. The Forest Service is
offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and
conviction of those responsible. The Schultz fire was caused by a campfire
that was abandoned without being properly extinguished in the area of
Schultz Tank, Little Elden Trail, and Forest Road 420.
Please call the Schultz Fire Investigations hotline at (928) 527-3508 if
you have any information.