Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management - State Office
1110 W. Washington Suite 100 Phoenix Arizona 85007
Phoenix, AZ 85007
For Immediate Release – May 18, 2018Contact – Libby Schaaf, Chief of Interpretation, (520) 824-3560 x9307
Chiricahua National Monument Re-Opens after Pinery Fire
Chiricahua National Monument will open to the public on Saturday, May 19. The park has been closed due to the Pinery Fire and related fire clean-up efforts. This wildland fire began Saturday, May 12th on private land but quickly spread into the park. Some of the burned area overlaps with the 2011 Horseshoe II Fire area. Fortunately, quick response efforts ensured that no park structures were burned. The National Park Service is very grateful to the partnering federal, state and local agencies that have assisted with this fire. The interagency teamwork and cooperation between wildland fire crews and local fire departments has been fantastic. We also appreciate local landowners who assisted by making a community building available as a place to coordinate the firefighting efforts.
Visitors are reminded that the park remains in ‘Very High’ fire danger and fire restrictions are in place. The following are prohibited:
Chiricahua National Monument is located 4 miles east of the AZ HWY 181and 186 junction, and 37 miles southeast of Willcox. If you have questions, please call the Chiricahua Visitor Center at 520-824-3560 x9302 or visit the official park website, www.nps.gov/chir.