CORONADO NATIONAL FOREST TO CLOSE JUNE 9 - Effective Immediately^
Extreme Fire Danger, Threats to Public Safety Cause Temporary
USDA Forest Service
Coronado National Forest
Tucson, AZ (June 6, 2011) – Due to extreme fire danger and concern for public safety,
the Coronado National Forest will be closed to all public use beginning at noon on
Thursday, June 9 (36 CFR 261.52[e]).
The temporary closure applies to all ranger districts of the Coronado National Forest, and
includes visitor centers, campgrounds, picnic areas, trails, summer cabins, organization
camps and all other public uses. District Rangers may authorize use for specifically
permitted activities through Special-Use Permits. Violation of the closure is punishable
by a fine of not more than $5,000, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
On the Santa Catalina Ranger District, the Catalina Highway (Mt. Lemmon Highway)
will remain open during daylight hours so visitors may access Summerhaven atop Mt.
Lemmon. Vehicles may not stop along the highway, and must use it strictly to access
Summerhaven. The road will be closed at night.
This closure will be lifted when significant moisture is received to reduce the wildfire
threat to manageable levels.