Schultz Fire 100% Contained
Flagstaff (NAZ Today)- After almost two weeks, fire crews have now gained full containment of the Schultz Fire which burned a total of 15,075 acres. At 6a.m. tomorrow the Type I team that has been managing the fire will hand over the final operations of the fire to Ryan Romero’s Type III Incident Management Team.
The new Type III team along with the Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) team will work on the rehabilitation of areas burned by the fire.
Some of the areas of the Coconino National Forest that were closed due to fire activity are beginning to reopen, while other areas will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time. Listed below is a complete list of the newly reopened areas and continued closures.
The following trails are re-opened as of Thursday morning July 1 (Fort Valley area, some in Kachina Peaks Wilderness and Mt. Elden/Dry Lake Hills area):
- Elden Lookout Trail
- Fatmans Loop
- Sandy Seep
- Humphreys Trail
- Kachina Trail
- Christmas Tree Trail
- Brookbank Trail
- Pipeline Trail
- Upper and Lower Oldham Trails
- Rocky Ridge Trail
- Schultz Creek Trail
- All the Trails in Fort Valley Trail System
- Forest road 164b in the Fort Valley area will re-open
- Snowbowl Skyride
- Freidlein Prairie Road, Schultz Pass Road, and Elden Lookout Road
- Little Bear Trail
- Deer Hill Trail
- Weatherford Trail
- Inner Basin Trail
- Waterline Road/Trail
- Portion of Sunset Trail (from junction with Brookbank Trail to Schultz Creek Trail)
- Most of Little Elden Trail (from junction of Heart Trail north to Sunset Trail)
- Lockett Meadow Campground and Little Elden Springs Campground, although not directly impacted by the Schultz Fire, remain closed indefinitely pending a safety assessment.
One of the greatest safety concerns now within the fire area is the hazard of dead trees falling over. These hazard trees will be a safety issue for a long time. In addition, because of the severity of the burn and lack of vegetation, loose rocks are rolling down the hillside posing a safety concern.