The Coconino and Tonto National Forests on Friday closed Fossil Creek due to fire danger.
The closure area includes Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, Childs and the entire Fossil and Hackberry Mountain area, which borders sections of the Verde River and State Route 260.
An emergency closure comes in response to the danger of wildfire due to continuing drought, high temperatures, low humidity, low fuel moistures and more hot and dry conditions predicted for the next several weeks. Managers considered the area’s remoteness from fire and emergency response, limited access and entrapment potential in case of a fire. Heavy visitation coupled with many people who ignore current fire restrictions prompted the action.