8/27/2013 1:30:00 PM West Clear Creek Wilderness still closed
Closure area affected by Egypt Fire.
Much of the West Clear Creek Wilderness area remains closed due to the ongoing Egypt fire in the Coconino National Forest.
The managed fire is about 8 miles west of Clint's Well. At times, smoke from the fire has been entering the Camp Verde area.
People are prohibited from being in the restricted area, being on any of the roads or any of the trails.
The restricted area borders Forest Road 755 in the west and FR 142F in the east through the WCC wilderness drainage area.
"The fire is burning in an area where fuel reduction is needed, and by maintaining fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem we are reducing fuel loads, and decreasing the risk of more severe fires in the future," said District Ranger Linda Wadleigh.
The Egypt fire was started by lightning on July 15.
The closure order began Aug. 14 and may run to Oct. 1 if not rescinded earlier.
It affects much of the West Clear Creek Wilderness, including the Maxwell and Tramway hiking trails. The area is part of the Mogollon Rim Ranger District.
The purpose of the closure order is stated as "to protect the public health and safety from exposure to wildland fire and associated hazards."
Violation of the order is a Class B misdemeanor. Punishment is by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for up to six months or both.