Schultz Fire

Fire Danger & Management | 2010 Schultz Fire


Schultz Fire Basics

Lots of young aspen, several ft high, are promising signs of natural regrowth

Started:Sunday, June 20, 2010
Location: Eastern slopes of the San Francisco Peaks west of Highway 89, northeast of Flagstaff, AZ.
Cause: Abandoned campfire
Size: Approximately 15,000 acres
Personnel: Nearly 1,000 (at the peak) including air tankers, helicopters, engines, water tenders and hand crews.


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Employees on the Coconino National Forest continue to work diligently on Schultz Fire recovery. Since 2010, efforts throughout the 15,000 acre burn area have included an extensive list of on-the-ground projects as well as countless hours of work not as visible to the public eye such as environmental surveys and analyses, and creation and oversight of contracts and special use permits. Recovery efforts were underway before the fire was fully contained, and since then the Coconino National Forest has worked with multiple partners and volunteers to accomplish a remarkable amount of work.

The area is showing promising signs of natural regrowth and is responding positively to the already implemented treatments. See Schultz Fire recovery and restoration efforts.

The popular non-motorized trail Waterline Road (aka Waterline Trail) re-opened in 2013. The trail had been closed since the 2010 Schultz Fire due to the safety risks of falling trees and debris. Countless trees were falling into the road on a daily basis. Fire and recreation crews have worked over 3600 hours to remove most of the imminent hazards.

The area around Little Bear Trail on the steep slopes of the Dry Lake Hills was devasted by the Schultz Fire. Subsequent washout damage caused by heavy monsoon rains kept the trail closed through the years since the fire. Volunteer organizations helped rebuild and reroute the trail, which was reopened in 2016. 

Deer Hill Trail, a popular equestrian trail on the eastern flank of the San Francisco Peaks, was also closed due to safety risks caused by falling trees, erosion, and trail damage caused by the fire and heavy monsoon rains. The trail was reopened in 2017 following efforts to repair the trail, clear fallen trees, and mitigate hazards by Coconino National Forest staff and volunteer organizations.

There is still a risk of falling trees along these routes and throughout the burn area. You are responsible for your own safety. Do not linger near burned trees, and avoid being in the area on windy days.


Community Activities and Projects

Replanting events: In addition to contract work, the district hosted several volunteer replanting events. Volunteers helped plant approximately thousands of seedlings in the burn area off Schultz Pass Road.

Volunteers help replant the Schultz Burn area in the spring of 2012. Photo courtesy of Curt Knight

The Schultz Sediment Reduction Project with Coconino County conducted channel work help reduce the amount of sediment transported by floodwaters on the National Forest and channel water runoff through private land. See Coconino County Schultz Flood Information for details.

City of Flagstaff, Coconino County, State of Arizona, and Coconino National Forest have been working together on the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project to help reduce the risk of devastating wildfire and post-fire flooding in the Rio de Flag and Lake Mary watersheds.



Trails, roads, and areas closed during and after the Schultz Fire have been reopened. The following restrictions remain in place:

Smoke rises from the Schultz Fire June 20 at 1:30 p.m.Remember: One fire regulation is always in place: Campfires must be fully extinguished - cold to the touch - before they're left unattended. Any additional seasonal fire restrictions can be found at the top right of the page.

View other closures, restrictions and conditions on our Forest Orders and Alerts & Notices page.


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