Fossil Creek Closed

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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.

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Meria Heller 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Close ALL the forests before fires begin. We haven't had rain in forever.

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Ronald Hamric 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Ms. Heller,

Although I appreciate your concerns, we all share the anxiety of potential catastrophic fires, but you may want to ask the local businesses how they feel about a total forest closure. As with most contentious issues, those elected to manage our city, state, and federal resources are continually trying to "split the baby" so they do not harm any aspect of our society. It's a challenge that doesn't easily lend itself to quick and easy solutions. I wish them all the luck. They are damned if they do, damned if they don't.

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