(Posted June 15, 2012 at 1:40 p.m.) Tonto National Forest officials announced today a temporary closure due to the Poco Fire, six miles northeast of Young, Ariz., which began on June 14.
The closure order goes into effect today, Friday, June 15. The following is a description of the closure area:
Beginning at the intersection of Forest Road (FR) 291 and FR 512, southerly along the eastern edge of FR 512 to the intersection with FR 200 (Chamberlin Trail), then northerly along the western edge of FR 200 to the intersection with FR 291, then easterly along the northern edge of FR 291 to FR 512.
Residence owners, lessees of land, and holders of Forest Service special use authorizations within the restricted area may use Forest Systems Road as ingress and regress from their property.
Forest Service officials continue to remind the public that wildfire potential conditions are extreme on the forest and that elevated fire restriction are in place. No fireworks are allowed on the forest at any time.
For statewide road conditions and closures please go to http://www.az511.gov/ or dial 5-1-1 from any landline or mobile phone from anywhere in Arizona. From outside Arizona, dial 1-888-411-ROAD (7623) or 602-523-0244.
For more information regarding forest recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200.
The Pleasant Valley Ranger District administrative office will be open this weekend:
(Source: Tonto National Forest)