Parker Canyon Lake Reopen
Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Campers wanting to spend the Memorial Day weekend at Parker Canyon Lake will have the opportunity. The closure due to the Arlene Fire was lifted at noon on Friday.
The Arlene fire which is near Parker Canyon Lake southeast of Sonoita is 70 percent contained. The lake and campgrounds reopened in time for the holiday weekend. The fire has charred close to 11,000 acres. Crews will keep an eye out for any hot spots.
Nearby facilities - including a campground, marina and roads - are reopening as well.
"Firefighting efforts on the Arlene Fire have been quite effective," said Annette Chavez, Sierra Vista District Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service. "Fortunately, the lake is no longer needed for fire-suppression activities." The lake has been closed for safety purposes as firefighters used it as a source of water to drop on the blaze - the human-caused fire started Monday east of the border in the community of Lochiel, which is southwest of the lake.
Camping at the Lakeview Campground, with 65 campsites, is on a first-come, first-served basis and costs $10 a night.
(Courtesy: The US Forest Service press release)