The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) officials say they are working diligently to reopen areas within the Wallow Fire Emergency Closure on the Apache National Forest.
Several roads within the Wallow Fire burned area will open Aug. 6, and officials anticipate reopening additional roads by the end of August. Only roads on the ground within the fire perimeter that are marked with a white arrow will be open for motorized travel. Three key issues determine all decisions being made: public safety, protection of property, and protection of natural resources. Hazardous conditions, such as flash flooding and potential for falling trees pose exceptional problems; however, ultimately, safety is the responsibility of the forest users. The public is encouraged to “look up, look down and all around” at their surroundings before entering any areas on any national forest, whether a fire has occurred or not.
Forest Service roads that will be designated open on Aug. 6 by White Arrow Signs (any road without a white arrow closed): Forest Road 57 to Sipes White Mountain Wildlife Area; FR 88 and 88B from Nutrioso to William’s Valley; FR 90 between Pat Knoll and Rudd Knoll; FR 249 from SR 191 to FR 116; FR 275 Double Cattle Guard to FR 851; FR 285 Water Canyon Road; Hwy. 261 from Hwy. 260 opens Aug. 2.
The Escudilla and Auger Canyon areas will remain closed.