Parts of Gila Wilderness reopening

June 29th, 2012 at 7:11 pm by under Wildfires

The Gila Wilderness, closed and significantly blacked by the largest wildfire in state history, will begin to reopen this weekend.

U.S. Forest Service managers say the gradual reopening of specific areas will begin on Saturday.

For now access is limited to:

  • Area east of Turkey Feather Creek and the West Fork of the Gila River.  (Turkey Feather Creek and the West Fork itself will remain closed as will all areas and trails west of them.)
  • The Trail from 74 Mountain to Mogollon Creek up Turnbo Canyon, and the west side of McKenna Park to White Creek Cabin will open along with all areas east of it.  (Anything west and north of Trail 74 Mountain within the wilderness boundary remains closed.)

Still closed:

  • The West Fork, from White Creek Cabin south to within a mile and a half of the West fork trailhead, remains closed.
  • All other closures will remain in place including the Catwalk National Recreation Trail until further notice.

Online from KRQE News 13: Fire coverage, official updates and preparedness resources in the Wildfires section.

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