Coronado National Forest

All offices of the Coronado National Forest will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. (The Sabino Canyon Visitor Center will remain open.) Business will resume Tuesday, May 29, during regular operating hours.

Despite the office closure, fire and recreation personnel and law enforcement officers will be on duty over the Memorial Day weekend for the safety of visitors.

The Pinery Fire is located approximately 29 miles SE of Willcox, AZ. The fire started on private land, and has moved to the north and east onto Chiricahua National Monument and the Coronado National Forest.  The fire is estimated to be 1,200 acres.

Ground and aerial resources are taking suppression actions where they can do so safely and effectively. There have been no structures lost and no injuries.

Effective Tuesday, May 1, the Bureau of Land Management Gila District, all districts of the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management will implement campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona.

Coronado National Forest and the Arizona Game and Fish Department remind outdoor recreationists that the onset of summer means changed conditions across the Forest.

Officials note that as temperatures warm, vegetation is greening up and water is becoming scarce on the 16 “Sky Island” mountain ranges that compose the Coronado.  As a result, wildlife movements and patterns are altered, a change which requires renewed situational awareness by outdoor enthusiasts.

The Nogales Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest expects to conduct the Gardner Prescribed Fire as early as April 9, 2018. The project area consists of National Forest System lands in the southeastern portion of the Santa Rita Mountains in southeastern Arizona.

The burn area boundaries lie between Gardner Canyon on the north and Hog Canyon on the south. Fire managers expect to complete burning while environmental and fuels conditions remain favorable for manageable fire activity.

Location:

§  Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

§  West side of the Dragoon Mountains

§  Nearest town is Dragoon, AZ

Start Date:  Feb. 10, 2018, 11:45 a.m.                   Size: 2896 acres           Percent Contained: 74%

Cause:  human-caused, under investigation

Location:

  • Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest
  • West side of the Dragoon Mountains
  • Nearest town is Dragoon, AZ

Start Date:  Feb. 10, 2018, 11:45 a.m.                  

Size:  2896 acres     

Percent Contained: 15%                                                

Structures Lost: 0

Cause:  Human caused, under investigation

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