Snowpack Around Arizona Remains Below Normal For The Season

Even with recent snowfalls in Northern Arizona, snowpack levels are still well below normal. According the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as of February 15th, snow water equivalent levels in the state’s major river basins range from 78 percent of median in the Verde River Basin to 29-percent of median in the Salt River Basin. The […]

Bureau Of Land Management Extends San Francisco Peaks Mineral Order For 20 Years

The Bureau of Land Management has approved a two-decade extension of the ongoing San Francisco Peaks mineral withdrawal. The original order was published in 2000 and it expired last week. It withdrew nearly 75-thousand acres in the San Francisco Peaks/Mt. Elden recreation area from settlement, sale, location or entry under the general land and mining […]

Coconino County Board Of Supervisors Endorses An Extension Protecting The San Francisco Peaks


The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has adopted a resolution endorsing a 20-year extension of a federal public land order, withdrawing the San Francisco Peaks from sale, settlement and mineral extraction. The order supports the Coconino National Forest’s application to the Bureau of Land Management for the extension of the withdrawal. The existing order, which […]

The Chimney Springs Fire Contained At Seven Acres Near Flagstaff

The “Chimney Springs Fire” has been contained at seven acres burned near Flagstaff. Coconino National Forest officials say the fire was located five miles north of Flagstaff near Schultz Pass Road and was 100-percent contained at 5:30 p.m. Over 50 forest service and area wildland fire crews tended to the blaze. The fire was human […]

Coconino County Search And Rescue Tended To Two Stranded Hikers Friday

Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue members responded to a call Friday of two stranded hikers on the San Francisco Peaks. Rescuers received a call at around 5 p.m. about the hikers stuck on the Weatherford Trail near the Humphreys Saddle. The hikers activated the SOS feature on the emergency notification device after finding themselves […]

Coconino County Officials Warn Of Avalanches On The San Francisco Peaks

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is warning backcountry mountain travelers to be alert for potential avalanche hazards in the San Francisco Peaks area. Conditions are ripe for avalanches near Arizona Snowbowl. Avalanches are common within a 24 hour period of when the storm ends, however unstable conditions may persist long past that time. Backcountry travelers […]