National Forests, City And County Trails Reopen Amid Decreased Fire Danger

Jul 6, 2021

The Coconino and Kaibab national forests have reopened to the public after fully closing two weeks ago because of extreme fire danger.

A sign warns of fire restrictions near Ft. Tuthill in Flagstaff. The Coconino and Kaibab national forests have now reopened and other areas in Flagstaff and Coconino County are again accessible but heightened fire bans remain in place.
Credit Ryan Heinsius / KNAU

Forest officials say the area has received enough rain to reduce severe fire risk. However, fire danger remains elevated and both forests will keep heightened fire restrictions in place prohibiting charcoal and wood fires along with the use of chainsaws, generators and other internal combustion equipment during the day.

On the Kaibab, Bill Williams Mountain will remain closed along with the Sycamore Canyon area surrounding the Rafael Fire.

The Apache-Sitgreaves and Prescott national forests will reopen Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. with fire restrictions. The Tonto Naitonal Forest remain closed to visitors.

Meanwhile, the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County have downgraded fire restrictions, but are still prohibiting fire pits, open burning and charcoal grills even on private property.

The Flagstaff Urban Trail System and other trails and recreation area that had closed have now reopened.