Oh, my goodness!! That map is one reason vacationers are not coming to the White Mountains! People see that map and remember the news casts, and they think the whole place is toast. (Remember to always take news casts with a big grain of salt.) Many places have gone out of business, people are moving to the Valley in droves because they can't support their families, houses can't be sold, the school district has to close one school and go to a four-day week, etc. This fire could not have come at a worse time for our communities of Eagar and Springerville, occurring as it did during the economic recession.
Well, folks, it ain't true. The fire damage, other than in several specific places, is very spotty. Most of the trails have been open since last fall. Almost everything is open. Big Lake hopes for lots of visitors. Please don't stay away!!
To keep up with the latest info, keep in contact with the Forest Service! Give them a call. Baldy is in the Springerville Ranger District. It definitely did not burn. Here's their page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf
Springerville RD list of open and closed areas: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 366560.pdf
As you can see, Winn Campground is open.
I note with interest that the campground at South Fork, one of the most pleasant campgrounds in the White Mountains, (it has a creek running right through the middle of it) is going to remain open only for day use. That area got some heavy burning, some not burned. I hiked South Fork Trail in the late fall. It was odd. It is so very familiar, I have hiked it maybe 50 times, but it is quite a bit different now, also. Some heavily burned areas, some areas not burned at all. Here's my write-up and photoset of that hike: http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=19899
I will be home to Eagar in less than a week, and back on the trail, whether on foot or on bike.