National Drought Mitigation Center

National Drought Mitigation Center
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Tonto Forest has been closed due to conditions in Gila County, Arizona
6/11/2018 12:00:00 AM

Relief, Response & Restrictions
Tourism & Recreation
Gila County, AZ

Start Date: 6/9/2018 - End Date: 6/9/2018
It has been several weeks since I reported our condition. No precipt in April, .19" in May, 37 days since that rain occurred. But with the rain will come lightning and that is worrisome. Not as many birds for a few weeks. Since Memorial Day weekend our Tonto Forest has been closed. Some stores not selling firewood. On Houston Mesa Road there is yellow tape across any side trails. Signs to stop entry to traffic except residents, but no authority around to stop people. Outcry about people smoking outside in town. With it so dry the elk has moved into town. A resident photographer has posted photos of at least a 13 group of them at the town lake. Things are not good, daytime temps in the 90s. Humidity 10-13 % daily. Reports of very rude visitors when they are reminded about the closures and smoking outside buildings & cars. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Payson 6.3 NNE on 6/9/2018