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The Forest Service Closes Coldwater Fire Area Until September

photo courtesy of the Coconino National Forest
photo courtesy of the Coconino National Forest

Forest officials have closed the Coldwater Fire area temporarily until September 1st. The western boundaries of the closure are State Route 87 from the intersection of Forest Road 300 to the northeast intersection of State Route 87 and Forest Road 141, or about five miles. Fire crews have completed burnout operations on the fire and it has now burned nearly 17-thousand acres. Smoke from the fire will begin to dissipate over the next few days, though some unburned fuels, heavier logs and stumps may continue to flame and smolder for weeks. The closure could remain in effect until September, but the area could reopen if conditions warrant it. The closure was put into place to ensure visitors to the forest are kept out of harm’s way.