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Forest Service to temporarily close Sycamore Creek due to flash flood risk

Sycamore Creek
Coconino National Forest

Officials with the Coconino National Forest will temporarily close the area surrounding Sycamore Creek beginning this Saturday, July 9, 2022, due to an increased risk of flash flooding.

The closure area includes Parsons Trailhead, Parsons Trail north, including Parson's Spring, and the confluence of Sycamore Creek and the Verde River.

The Forest Service says the temporary closure is to protect the public from increased flooding events during the monsoon season due to post-fire debris that has accumulated in Sycamore Creek from the Rafael Fire. It burned through the Sycamore Creek Drainage in June 2021.

Due to the span of the creek's watershed, storms that create flash floods in the area can occur miles away and may not be easily visible.

The Coconino NF will coordinate with the National Weather Service to determine when to lift the closure.