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Desertjeep
06-19-2006, 11:52 PM
It has started. Expect a domino effect as the forests and deserts become drier.

http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/stories/KTVKLNews20060619_coconino-national_wildfire.a2079de2.html

Sedona Jeep School
06-20-2006, 06:54 AM
Here is the USFS press release (pretty much says the same thing):

http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/news/2006/6-19-06-forest-closes.shtml

Please remind everyone you see:

DO NOT LIGHT ANYTHING ON FIRE!!

The La Barranca fire was starting by some guy welding a gate. The Brins fire was started by a transient's campfire. HELLOOOOOO?! What part of "No smoking, no campfires, no open flame" are we not clear on? I have seen at least one incident per day of someone tossing a lit cigarette butt out of the car window...:mad: :(

Now we just hold our breath until monsoons start...

My1stJeep
06-20-2006, 09:34 AM
Nena,

How are you fairing in all this? I am not sure how closely you are located to the fire.

I hate it when smokers think it is ok to use the world as their ash tray. If you must smoke, use your own vehicles ash tray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rsliman
06-22-2006, 02:04 AM
are the roads through the forest going to be closed also... such as the Mogollon Rim road?

Sedona Jeep School
06-22-2006, 07:54 AM
EVERYTHING in the Coconino National Forest will be closed. You will not be able to leave pavement. In some cases, even the pavement through the forest will be closed. No hiking, no Jeeping, nothing.

The only exceptions will be county roads and/or roads which provide access to private residences. These roads will be staffed by law enforcement, and you must have a special sticker on your vehicle proving your residence in that particular area.

All human presence in the forest will be illegal, with penalties of up to $5000 and 6 months in jail.

As for the Sedona-Verde Valley area, this means that only the southern half of the valley will be open, where the Prescott National Forest begins (south of the Verde River.) There are some cool trails up there, but it is a 20-mile pavement drive from Sedona to get to them. The Prescott is implementing a partial closure, but, fortunately, not our favorite areas:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott/news/2006/releases/0620-increased-restriction.shtml

Happy trails!

Symon623
06-22-2006, 09:41 AM
As much as this sucks for us? It might be a good thing to keep all the ******s out? I'm worried the Monsoon might make matters worse? The rain will definately help, but the lightning will obviously not?

Barry@4Wheeler's Supply
06-22-2006, 11:26 AM
Colorado here I come. As of today Colorado is still open:D

DsrtJeeper
06-22-2006, 11:36 AM
Colorado here I come. As of today Colorado is still open:D

I want to go on that trip in the worst way! Silverton is heaven. Hopefully; I can get something to wheel by then. If I had your money; I'd own one of those beautiful places along the railroad outside of Durango. ;)

BRUZR
06-22-2006, 12:03 PM
Here is the USFS press release (pretty much says the same thing):

http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/news/2006/6-19-06-forest-closes.shtml

Please remind everyone you see:

DO NOT LIGHT ANYTHING ON FIRE!!

The La Barranca fire was starting by some guy welding a gate. The Brins fire was started by a transient's campfire. HELLOOOOOO?! What part of "No smoking, no campfires, no open flame" are we not clear on? I have seen at least one incident per day of someone tossing a lit cigarette butt out of the car window...:mad: :(

Now we just hold our breath until monsoons start...

Until?

Remember Mother Nature's little light shows during monsoons? How many fires will be sparked then by lightning strikes.

Now that I typed that, it looks like I'm trying to take the focus off of manmade fires. I'M NOT. I'm just pointing out that we can't just hold our breath UNTIl monsoons, but we have to THROUGH monsoon season.