This webpage provides current and pertainent information about restrictions, closures, fire, safety alerts, and advisories.
Preparation and safety are of utmost importance while recreating in the national forest. Please observe safety alerts and notices before your excursion to the forest. Simply knowing the current conditions, closures and alerts prepares you for a pleasurable outdoor visit, free from any surprise that could deter your fun!
Rules and Closure Orders
In order to ensure the health and safety of forest visitors now and in the future, we ask you to follow the guidelines established to protect the forest and the natural environment. Long term and temporary closure orders are posted on the website, posted on bulletin boards, or located in the district or supervisor’s office. Alerts and Closures are posted below, as well.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests wishes to advise area residents that the National Weather Service reports that there is a possibility of flooding in Clifton and Duncan. The Frisco will reach flood stage Friday 9/19/2014, the Gila will crest on Saturday morning (9/20/2014) and the Blue is expected to be four times bigger than the last flood event, and could possibly affect a fish barrier a couple of miles down from Blue Crossing. Eagle Creek is expected to flood by Friday, including the Honey Moon Campground.
The A-S NFs also wants to advise hunters to be watchful for any flooding in the area and leave as needed. Watch out and stay out of low-lying areas such as washes, arroyos, and gullies. Please stay in contact with the National Weather Service or NOAA for updates on heavy rains in the White Mountains.
Follow the Apache-Sitgreaves NFs on Twitter (@A_SNFs for instant updates on any flooding in the White Mountains.
Drought conditions have limited food sources for wildlife; therefore we are expecting a high occurrence of bear sightings this year. Although bears are beautiful to look at, they are wild creatures and can be dangerous if provoked and attracted.
Fireworks are always prohibitedon the national forests. Violations of these restrictions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations or imprisonment for up to six months, or both.
Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and (b), the following acts and omissions are prohibited on the areas, roads, and trails described in this Order, and as depicted on the attached map at Exhibit A (the "restricted area"), within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Apache County, Arizona