Museum Fire closure area reduced

Contact(s): BAER Information: Jessica Richardson, 928-275-1564, Coconino NF Information: 928-527-3600


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Aug. 6, 2019, For Immediate Release — The Coconino National Forest is reducing the size of the closure for the Museum Fire today to allow for increased access and recreation on parts of Mount Elden.

With the initial assessment from the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team completed on this fire, the Flagstaff Ranger District has determined it is safe to reduce the size of the closure to allow more recreating around Mount Elden.

Popular hiking and biking routes that are now fully or partially open include trails such as Schultz Creek, Fatman's Loop, Elden Lookout, Little Elden, Pipeline, Sandy Seep, Christmas Tree, and Heart. However, members of the public should read the entire closure order for details of where some of these trails enter the new closure area.

The Museum Fire closure was first implemented July 23 and then revised to a smaller area on July 29 as the dangers from the fire lessened. A closure is still needed to keep visitors safe during the upcoming helicopter mulching in the high-severity burn areas and to protect other impacted resources. This closure is very similar to the closure implemented for the timber reduction in the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project earlier this year.

The closure will be modified again after the mulching is complete approximately two months from now. BAER efforts to restore the Museum Fire area will be updated on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6482/.

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