Courtesy of the Kaibab National Forest
Williams, Arizona, June 21, 2021 — FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., June 21, 2021 — Due to fire
danger, dry conditions, and persistent wildfire activity during a time when firefighting resources
are sparse, the entirety of the Kaibab National Forest will close for public safety, beginning
Wednesday (June 23) at 8 a.m.
A full forest closure means that the public is prohibited from entering any part of the Kaibab
National Forest at any time. Those with private inholdings will be allowed access to their
property, as well as personnel providing utility support where necessary, and firefighters
performing their duties. In addition, work on thinning and other forest and watershed
restoration projects will cease.
Forest Service personnel will attempt to reach as many people as possible to begin vacating
campsites and informing individuals who are camping in the forest currently. Campers and
visitors to the national forest should vacate their campsites before the closure begins, and the
public should cancel any plans for visiting the Kaibab National Forest for the next several weeks.
Though parts of the national forest may receive rain from sporadic storms over the next couple
of weeks, this closure will not be rescinded until sufficient precipitation is received to adequately
reduce the risk of wildfire, and hot, dry weather conditions are no longer forecast to continue. In
short, this closure will continue until conditions are such that the closure can be lifted.
The violation of closures and fire restrictions carries a mandatory appearance in federal court,
punishable as a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000
for an organization, or up to six months in prison, or both