Coconino National Forest Supervisor's Office 928-527-3600
A lightning-caused wildfire approximately 10 miles northwest of Sedona, near Turkey Butte, is being managed for multiple objectives, including restoring forest health and reducing severe wildfire risk.
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The Coconino National Forest will be resurfacing 4 miles of FR 300 on the western end of the road, and an additional 2 miles of FSR 144.
For the next few weeks during construction, there be heavier truck traffic hauling aggregate on FR 300, FR 144, and Highways 87 and 260 in the immediate area. Drivers should be extra alert for heavy trucks and road construction workers in the area.
Flagstaff Ranger District (928) 526-0866
Contractors will soon begin road work on Elden Lookout Road (Forest Road 557) [map of Elden Lookout Road]. The resurfacing work is anticipated to begin May 18, 2015, and could last into the summer, as conditions allow.
Elden Lookout Road is currently open to the public but will be closed once resurfacing work begins, and will remain closed until the work is completed. Recreationists should be aware that heavy equipment will be in the area during this time. Related construction traffic will also affect Elden Springs Road (FR 556) and Schultz Pass Road (FR 420), as material for the resurfacing will be hauled from McCormick Pit in the Cinder Hills area to Elden Lookout Road.
Fossil Creek Road west of Strawberry, beginning 1/2 mile west of the entrance to the Upper Fossil Springs Trailhead (34.404593, -111.567246) and extending west and down canyon to immediately east of the Waterfall Trailhead (34.40501 -111.61398) will remain closed until further notice for public safety due to the treacherous and unsafe road conditions resulting from geologic instability on rock walls resulting in frequent rock falls and slides into the road.
If you would like to hike the Fossil Springs Trail, take the road from Strawberry.
If you wish to access the creek and waterfall, you can access the area from Hwy 260 just east of Camp Verde.
FR 776 is closed at Sunset Crater Volcano-Wupatki Scenic Loop Drive (FR 545). The access to the Cinder Hills OHV Area is the junction of FR 776 at Highway 89. The OHV area can no longer be accessed from FR 545. Visitors to the Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments can access these sites from one of the two junctions of FR 545 and Highway 89.
The change to this access will reduce congestion on FR 545 without impacting recreation opportunities.