US FOREST SERVICE RE-OPENS MULTIPLE CAMPING AND RECREATION OPPROTUNITIES IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS
The following areas of the Sitgreaves National Forest have been re-opened and will allow the use of campfires in fire grills and grates provided by Forest Service:
Posted: Jul 8, 2011 By: Hunter Moore
(Show Low, AZ) — The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Service has re-opened some of the prime camping and hiking areas of the White Mountains.
The Forest Service officials announced on Thursday, July 7th that the prohibitions affecting areas, roads, and trails associated with the Black Mesa and Lakeside Ranger Districts of the Sitgreaves National Forest were rescinded and terminated. According to a official order regarding fire restrictions, the Forest Service confirmed that campfires will be allowed in fire grills and grates provided by Forest Service in the developed recreation sites, and the use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices would also be allowed, providing such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.
The announcement has local business owners and community leaders very hopeful that the outstanding tourism and recreation opportunities available in the White Mountains will not go unnoticed. “Dust off your camping gear, throw the kids in the car and get out of the heat,” commented Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney. “The monsoons are doing their job, and the forests are opening back up for business again. There are still great places to visit in the mountains right now, and we want people to know it.”
Pinetop-Lakeside, Heber-Overgaard and Show Low, AZ have been experiencing some terrific weather since the July 4th Weekend, and average temperatures will be extremely nice for the foreseeable future. According to the National Weather Service, the coming weekend on the White Mountains will average highs in the 80’s and drop down to lows in the 60’s and upper 50’s at night. It’s hard to find a better time to enjoy the summer in Arizona’s mountains.
“We have had too many weeks of bad news with the Wallow Fire and other threats of fire danger, it’s nice to finally have a long stretch of promising weather conditions out in front of us,” said Supervisor Jerry Brownlow. “For those who don’t know, the entire forest did not suddenly go up in smoke. Of course there are areas that were devastated, but there were just as many areas, if not more, which look completely untouched or look like a prescribed burn area. With the rains headed our way, many of the moderately burned areas are going to green-up very well and provide a lot of grass for our elk herds, and the other wildlife out there.”