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Fossil Creek To Remain Closed Through End Of Year

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Coconino National Forest
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Coconino National Forest officials say Fossil Creek recreation area will remain closed at least through the rest of the year because of post-fire hazards.

Crews are continuing to assess damage and conduct restoration work following this summer’s Backbone Fire and that flash floods, debris flows and dead trees remain a threat. Forest roads 708 and 502 also remain impassable.

Following the wildfire, a Burned Area Emergency Response Team recommended a variety of repair projects and treatments. All recreation permits issued for Fossil Creek have been canceled.

The 42,000-acre lightning-caused Backbone Fire burned a majority of Fossil Creek in June. The area could stay closed into 2022.

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