Full Closure In Effect For Coconino National Forest
From My Perspective...Fires... Currently, there are 43,612 acres that have burned in the fires and there is 0% containment. Sycamore Canyon has been evacuated. This is about 14 miles northeast of Cottonwood. ATVs are not allowed to be rented right now. Rafting and kayaking down the Verde River are still allowed but tours are filling up fast. Around the state of Arizona, there are at least 24 fires burning. We are in our driest season. Hopefully, we will see more rain next week.
At my home...Early in the morning when the air is cool, the smoke is heavy and it is difficult to see the red rocks. As the day warms up, the smoke rises, and a lot of it is pushed out of the area. You can smell the wood burning inside and outside the home. It is as if you are burning very fragrant wood in your fireplace. Many people come to Sedona to hike. Currently, all of our forests are completely closed. There are police cars located at the entrance to the most popular trails. One of those trails is where I live in Soldiers Pass. If you are coming to Sedona to hike, there are no options to hike. These restrictions are in effect until further notice. All businesses are open. The Sedona Airport is seeing heavy lift (CH 54) helicopters filing huge buckets of water to drop on the fires. See the violation enforcement below.
The notice below came directly from an email I received from the City of Sedona. The top two images are from The Sedona Fire Dept FaceBook page.
This image below was taken at the top of the Airport looking directly toward West Sedona to add some perspective to the feature image. This is looking north and the feature image was taken toward the west.
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