The Alpine Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is implementing road closures for public safety in the vicinity of the Fish Creek Fire near Wildcat Crossing. Road closures are in effect immediately until rescinded on Forest Roads 25U, 701, 25B (from the junction with the 8793 all the way to the end of 25B), and the 24U. This closure will be in effect until significant moisture has diminished the threat to public safety from the fire on these roads.
The lightning-caused Fish Creek fire was discovered on Oct. 26, 2023, and is currently 1,700 acres. The fire is 32 miles southwest of Alpine, north of Hoodoo Knoll, south of the Black River, east of Forest Road 25, and west of the Fish Creek drainage. Vegetation in the area includes mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, grass, oak, and locust with some heavy dead and down fuels. Smoke is visible from Forest Roads 25, 24, and the 25B.
Information on air quality is available at https://www.airnow.gov/.
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