Parts of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will re-open for public use on Friday morning, July 8, with Stage 1 fire restrictions still in effect until more rain has fallen.
This means campfires will only be allowed in developed campgrounds and the use of gas-powered stoves will be permitted throughout the Sitgreaves National Forest.
Several major recreation areas on the Apache National Forest will open at noon on Friday, July 8: Big Lake and the adjacent developed campgrounds, Greer lakes and the nearby developed campgrounds, Lee Valley and Winn Campground, Nelson Reservoir, and Luna Lake. Stage 2 fire restrictions will remain in place, which means that no campfires will be allowed, even in developed campgrounds. Access to Big Lake is by Highway 273 only (Sunrise Highway) as Highway 261 is still unsafe for motor vehicle use due to damaged guardrails. Lee Valley Reservoir, Luna Lake, Crescent Lake, and the three Greer lakes are for day-use only. Please note that the remainder of the Apache National Forest is closed to public entry at this time due to the many safety hazards present in the aftermath of the Wallow Fire.