Coronado National Forest lifts fire restrictions

Restrictions have been lifted because of precipitation received

CREATED Jul 22, 2011

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Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Coronado National Forest fire restrictions have been lifted on all ranger
districts because of precipitation received across the Forest.

Although rainfall has been sporadic and has left portions of the forest dry, visitors are still urged to use caution with fire and never leave a fire unattended.

Some closures remain in place for districts affected by wildfire and the increased potential for flooding.

Portions of the Douglas Ranger District are open at this time.  The Chiricahua Mountains remain closed to provide public safety related to flooding and road reconstruction or stabilization following the Horseshoe 2 Fire.

Trails and developed campgrounds within the Chiricahua Mountain Range north of Forest Road 74 (Tex Canyon/Rucker roads) remain closed.  The following Forest roads are open for public to use as long as safety conditions permit:

  •       FR 42 East of Onion Saddle (Cave Creek Canyon)
  •       FR 42A – Herb Martyr Road
  •       FR 42B – between Portal and Paradise.
  •       FR 622 – South Fork of Cave Creek is open to pedestrians only.
  •       FR 74 – Tex Canyon to Rucker Canyon Rd
  •       Trail 280 – Silver Peak Trail
  •       Vista Point Trail
  •       Cave Creek Nature Trail
  •       Crystal Cave Trail

This closure will remain in effect until Oct. 15 or until the closure in canceled.  For more information please call the district office at (520) 364-3468.

Portions of the Nogales Ranger District are open.  To allow for public safety, Pena Blanca Lake remains closed, as does Forest Road 39 from Highway 289 (at Pena Blanca Lake) to Forest Road 4186 (approximately one to one and one-half miles east of Ruby, Arizona).  This closure will remain in effect until Jul. 31 until the closure in canceled.  For more information please call the district office at (520) 281-2296.

Portions of the Sierra Vista Ranger District are open.  Due to damage from wildfire and potential flooding, the district is closed at the Coronado National Forest Boundary starting at Ash Canyon area and north to Carr Canyon area.  All roads and trails in the area are closed.  Forest road  (FR) 59 (Ash Canyon), FR 796 (Stump Canyon), FR 367 (Hunter Canyon), FR 56 (Miller Canyon), FR 386 (Carr Canyon) are closed.  This closure will remain in effect until Aug. 20 or until the closure in canceled.  For more information please call the district office at (520) 378-0311.

The Safford Ranger District is open.  For more information please call the district office at (928) 428-4150.

The Santa Catalina Ranger District is open.  For more information please call the district office at (520) 749-8700.