Oak Creek Canyon

The Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) was recently contacted regarding an individual in the Oak Creek Canyon area (near Sedona )who was attacked by a fox. CCPHSD Animal Management responded and sent the fox to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) State Laboratory where it tested positive for rabies.

The individual who was exposed is receiving post exposure rabies prophylaxis treatment. CCPHSD is providing signage for area trails, and notifying local businesses in the area.

Stage 1 campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented on most of the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest starting on Friday (June 2) at 8 a.m.

The restrictions apply only to specific areas of the Red Rock Ranger District, including the national forest land in the Verde Valley on the east side of the Verde River, Oak Creek Canyon, lower Sycamore Canyon, lower West Clear Creek, Fossil Creek and Bullpen. The area southeast of Interstate 17, east of Forest Road 618, and north of Forest Road 214 is not included.

The Snake Ridge wildfire continues to burn within the fire perimeter with low to moderate intensity. Today firefighters will work to hold and secure all fire lines within the perimeter with no anticipated fire ignition.  Fire managers recognize the potential for lingering smoke and temporary impacts to outlying communities given the lack of air movement and poor ventilation.  Firefighter safety and community health continues to be fire managers’ top priority while working to secure the fire and protect values at risk, including the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) powerline. 

With back-to-back snowstorms bearing down on Arizona, know what you’re driving into before heading to the high country.

Highway conditions can deteriorate quickly during severe weather as snow accumulates and drivers struggle, and closures can happen suddenly and be prolonged. If enough snow falls, the Arizona Department of Transportation may close lesser-used highways while snowplows address busier routes.

In preparation for the upcoming monsoon season, the National Weather Service, Sedona Fire District, Coconino County Emergency Management and Coconino County Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) will test the emergency siren system in Oak Creek Canyon at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 24.  

This system is designed to notify Oak Creek Canyon and Uptown Sedona residents of severe emergencies that require evacuation.

State Route 89A in the Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks (mileposts 387-390) was partially reopened this morning after crews reopened the southbound lane, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Both lanes of SR 89A were closed Saturday afternoon after a sinkhole was spotted on the northbound lane of the two-lane roadway.

Both directions of traffic will be guided through the area with assistance from a flagger until the northbound lane is reopened.

A sinkhole in the roadway has closed State Route 89A at the Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The highway is closed in both directions between mileposts 387-390, about 15 miles south of Flagstaff. Motorists can use Interstate 17 as an alternate route. The closure is expected to be in place through the weekend.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.

The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is responding to flooding and storm damage throughout Maricopa, Coconino and Yavapai Counties

Maricopa County

The Red Cross has received multiple reports of homes damaged and/or evacuated in Maricopa County. Reports include multiple homes flooded in the New River area, a damaged apartment building in North Phoenix, and scattered reports from around the Phoenix Metro area. Red Cross teams will focus on making sure families have a safe place to stay and that immediate needs are covered for the evening.


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