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The Forest Service is closing additional areas around Roosevelt Lake because of flooding concerns.

Beginning Oct. 9, the Tonto Basin Ranger District implemented a closure of Orange Peel, Bermuda Flat, Cholla Bay and Bachelors Cove.

The order will remain in effect until March 15, 2021, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

“We’ve implemented this closure as a precaution since there’s been an increased risk for a high-flow flood event in the drainages leading down to the recreation sites along Roosevelt Lake,” said District Ranger Kelly Jardine. “We can’t take any chances. The protection of the public and our employees is a priority for the Tonto National Forest.”

While the Bush Fire closure area has been reduced to allow more access throughout the area, they remind visitors traveling within a burned watershed to use caution and to check the latest weather forecasts for rain, which has the potential to produce debris flows from modest rainfall. Potential hazards include loose rocks, rolling debris on slopes and fire weakened trees that can fall. Avoid drainages, washes and creek bottoms. Designated roads have the potential to be degraded or impassable after storm events.

Any violation of this is punishable by a fine, imprisonment or both.

For more information, contacting the Tonto Basin Ranger Station at 602-225-5395 or visit the Tonto National Forest alerts webpage at

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect across the Tonto National Forest.

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(1) comment

Phil Mason

Seems like the Forest Service, which has been an abysmal failure in servicing the forest, has come t one simple bottom line - Spread knee jerk edicts that prevent the public use of public lands. It makes one wonder if they are a sub-division of the WHO, CDC, panicdemic advocates.

The biggest threat to my property is the large piles of underbrush the Forest Service cut nearly two years ago and still not removed from the area adjacent to my property that is under their responsibility.

The Forest Service seems to be comprised of the Three Stooges posing as the Three Musketeers. Out of control deadly fire conflagrations are the result of their failure to implement scientifically appropriate fire mitigation as well as healthy forest policies.

Just goes to show the federal swamp lives wherever federal agencies inhabit. It is time that the mandates of the Enabling Act for Arizona Statehood are implemented. Public safety and healthy forest management require it.

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