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Goodwin Fire Closure Area to Re-open on Sunday, October 1

Release Date: Sep 28, 2017

Contact(s): Debbie Maneely: 928-443-8130

The Goodwin Fire Temporary Closure will be lifted on Sunday, October 1st at 8:00 am.   Big Bug Mesa, Senator Highway, Palace Station, and all other roads and trails in the fire area will re-open to the public.   The only remaining closure will be sections of the Charcoal Gulch Trail # 9419 and Nemo Springs Trail #9405 that will remain impassable due to contingency fire line construction in the Blue Hills Area outside the burn scar.  These trails will be rebuilt and located during this fall 2017 season.

“I am pleased to announce the re-opening of the Goodwin Fire Area and would like to thank the public for the patience and understanding during the closure.  When visiting the burn area, I ask that visitors please be alert and use extreme caution,” says Bradshaw District Ranger Sarah Tomsky.

Visitors are asked to stay on existing trails and roads as soils are still sensitive and susceptible to erosion.  Hazards are numerous with the possibility of rolling rocks, stump and root holes, falling trees and loose soils from rains.  Some roads may be impassible and there is a potential for vehicles to get stuck in washed out portions of the roads. Many of the trails will be maintained with help from Prescott Trail Riders volunteers and Conservation Corps members from American Conservation Experience out of Flagstaff.

Although monsoon season has officially ended and much of the hazards associated with flooding have diminished, there is always potential for hazardous weather events.  Visitors are encouraged to be aware of predicted weather before entering the burned area as floods, debris flows, and falling rocks and trees can occur for years after a wildfire.  Do not visit the burned area when significant rain or wind is predicted.  We have plenty of wonderful weather here in central Arizona that provides for ample time to explore your public lands under safe conditions.

If you have questions please contact the Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000