Arivaca Lake, Riggs Flat Lake, Frye Mesa Reservoir and Rose Canyon Lake are open.
The Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona announced that certain areas of the forest that had been closed due to fire conditions, including portions of the Douglas and Nogales Ranger Districts and all of the Safford Ranger District, have been reopened as of July 12. The Santa Catalina Ranger District had previously been reopened. The Sierra Vista Ranger District remains closed. Specific information is as follows:
Douglas Ranger District. Portions of the Douglas Ranger District are open. The Chiricahua Mountains remain closed to provide for public safety related to flooding and road reconstruction or stabilization following the Horseshoe 2 Fire. All roads, trails, and developed campgrounds within the Chiricahua Mountain Range north of Forest Road 74 (Tex Canyon/Rucker roads) remain closed. This closure will remain in effect until Oct. 15, 2011, or until rescinded, whichever is earlier. Within this area, the following roads will be open for public 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 42D between Onion Saddle and Barfoot Junction.
- FR 357 from Barfoot Junction to Barfoot Park.
- FR 622 – South Fork of Cave Creek is open to pedestrians only.
- FR 74 – Tex Canyon to Rucker Canyon Road.
- Trail 280 – Silver Peak Trail.
- Vista Point Trail.
- Cave Creek Nature Trail.
- Crystal Cave Trail.
Nogales Ranger District. Portions of the Nogales Ranger District are open, including Arivaca Lake. 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 1 to 1-1/2 miles east of Ruby, Arizona). This closure will remain in effect until July 31, 2011, or until rescinded, whichever is earlier.
Safford Ranger District. The Safford Ranger District is open, including Riggs Flat Lake and Frye Mesa Reservoir.
Santa Catalina Ranger District. The Santa Catalina Ranger District previously had reopened, including Rose Canyon Lake on Mount Lemmon.
Sierra Vista Ranger District. The Sierra Vista Ranger District remains closed.
All open areas of the Coronado National Forest remain under Stage II Fire Restrictions. Current prohibitions on all ranger districts of the Coronado National Forest are:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire, including within a developed recreation site or improved site. Exception: The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices is allowed so long as such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter, that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
- Using an explosive.
- Operating an internal combustion engine. Exception: Motor vehicles.
- Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
- Possessing or using a motor vehicle off National Forest System roads. Exceptions: Parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway, or parking in Forest Service developed campgrounds and trailheads.
- Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.
Fire restrictions remain in effect until July 18, 2011, or until rescinded, whichever is earlier.
For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado.