June 22, 2012
Closure order map
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Fossil Creek, portion of Roosevelt Lake restricted
It finally happened: Forest officials Thursday closed most of the forest north of Payson up to the Mogollon Rim due to extreme fire danger. A large swath of land remains open for public recreation, however, including most campgrounds south of Highway 260, the Tonto Natural Bridge and parts of the Hellsgate and Mazatzal Wilderness. However, the closure order also includes a big area south of town between Highways 87 and 188, including a portion of the southern shore of Roosevelt Lake. The closure order also includes all of Fossil Creek Canyon.