A chunk of national forest lands in and around Fossil Creek Wilderness will be closed to the public beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday due to extreme fire danger.
The Coconino and Tonto national forests are closing the area to all due to risk of a wildfire burning the scenic area, and out concern that people would be trapped there if a fire did start.
Forest Service law enforcement personnel plan to issue citations to any person found in the area, and for any potentially fire-starting activities, like smoking.
Orders could be lifted when rain arrives, or would otherwise expire at the end of August.
The actual order and a map of the closed area can be found here. http://www.redrockcountry.org/about-us/orders/04-12-16-f.pdf