Caution urged for winter recreation during next several days
We want citizens and visitors of the state to enjoy the newly fallen snow but not at undue risk
Saturday, January 23, 2010 -
In the interest of public safety, the
This closure of the Kachina Peaks Wilderness area is based on recent storm activity and field observations of natural avalanche activity and snow instability. Further more, Snow play areas have limited access to safe and legal parking, as well as diminished resources for public safety. Public safety agencies are overwhelmed dealing with the aftermath of the severe winter storm which limits their ability to respond to non-emergency/snow play calls, related traffic congestion and parking issues. Parking along side the highway to play is not only illegal but can have deadly and or disastrous consequences.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel have conducted two search and rescue operations in hazardous weather conditions this week. Search and Rescue must make risk assessment decisions and will take into account rescuer safety before deploying personnel into the field. Or in other words, people entering the back country against the forest order issued, may be doing so at their own peril. This Forest Order will be cancelled as soon as conditions permit at which time Back Country permits will be valid again.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Department of Transportation (ADOT) continue to urge motorists traveling on major interstates and highways to and from the high country to use caution and slow down accordingly for winter road conditions. City and county roads to designated snow play areas may be open. However, the roads will be snow packed and icy as well as narrower than usual with the large amount of snow which has been plowed to the side. This being so, motorists must use caution in passing traffic traveling in the opposite direction.
For additional information regarding the Forest Order at the Kachina Peaks Wilderness area please refer to the