Wildfire Shuts Down Arizona Campgrounds
As a result of the estimated 140,000-acre Wallow Fire that has been burning since May 29 in east central Arizona, Pueblo Park Campground and Head of the Ditch Campground, both on the Gila National Forest, have been temporarily closed.
Pueblo Park Campground is six miles southwest from U.S. 180 between Rancho Grande Estates and Saliz Pass. Head of the Ditch Campground is two miles directly west of the community of Luna off U.S. Highway 180, the Silver City Sun-News reported.
"With the unstable weather patterns expected and the eastern edge of the Wallow Fire 17 miles west of the Pueblo Park Campground, the temporary closure would minimize or eliminate the large RVs and trailers that would need to be evacuated along Catron County Road C013," said Glenwood District Ranger Pat Morrison.
"This road is also designated as the potential evacuation route to be used by residents of the Blue River drainage area in Arizona located west of Forest Road 232 from the forest and New Mexico boundary."
The Head of the Ditch Campground temporary closure is needed to minimize the need to evacuate visitors from the campground in the event the Wallow Fire moves in the direction of Luna.
The fire has been very fast moving thus far and with the predicted erratic winds associated with thunderstorms, the fire may move in unexpected directions. As soon as danger from the Wallow Fire is no longer a concern, the campgrounds will be reopened.