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Fire restrictions lifted for parts of Coronado Nat'l Forest

Rain helps to dampen fire risks

Fire restrictions were lifted and portions of districts in the Coronado National Forest were reopened Friday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Recent rains are credited for allowing the reopenings, but visitors are warned to use caution with fire and to not leave fires unattended in the forest that has been stricken by wildfires.

Portions of the Douglas Ranger District are open.

The Chiricahua Mountains remain closed due to flooding and road reconstruction and stabilization following the Horseshoe 2 Fire.

Many forest roads, trails and developed campgrounds in the mountains north of F.R. 74 remain closed.

The following roads are open:

  • F.R. 42 East of Onion Saddle (Cave Creek Canyon)
  • F.R. 42A – Herb Martyr Road
  • F.R. 42B – between Portal and Paradise.
  • F.R. 622 – South Fork of Cave Creek is open to pedestrians only.
  • F.R. 74 – Tex Canyon to Rucker Canyon Rd
  • Trail 280 – Silver Peak Trail
  • Vista Point Trail
  • Cave Creek Nature Trail
  • Crystal Cave Trail

Closed roads and trails are expected to reopen by Oct. 15.

Most portions of the Nogales Ranger District also have reopened, but Peña Blanca Lake remains closed.

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F.R. 39 from S.R. 289 (at Peña Blanca Lake) to F.R. 4186 east of Ruby is expected to reopen by July 31.

Portions of the Sierra Vista Ranger District also have reopened. But because of potential flooding caused by the Monument fire, the district is closed at the forest boundary starting at Ash Canyon, north to Carr
Canyon. All roads and trails in that area are closed.

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