The Cow Canyon Fire, ignited by lightning on August 18, 2020, on the Alpine Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, grew to approximately 455 acres from the start to September 8, when it received a fair amount of precipitation. September 9, a helicopter flew into the area and landed to allow personnel to cut brush and younger trees away from the Franz Cabin and corrals. Since then, the fire has slowly increased in size to 470 acres.
The temporary trail closure order is still in effect. The following trails are closed for public health and safety due to wildland fire activities along the trails:
Cow Flat Trail (#55) beginning at the trail junction of Bonanza Bill Trail (#23), following the Cow Flat Trail (#55) to the southwest until it meets the junction of WS Lake Trail (#54).
Lanphier Trail (#52) at the trailhead and the junction of National Forest Service Road (NFSR) 281, following the trail to the southeast until it meets Cow Flat Trail (#55).
South Canyon Trail (#53) at the trailhead and the junction of NFSR 281, following the trail to the southeast until it meets Cow Flat Trail (#55).
Smoke may be visible east of Hwy. 191 on the Alpine and Clifton Ranger Districts, west of Saddle Mountain, and near the town of Glenwood, New Mexico. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and active prescribed burns can be found on Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s webpage: https://azdeq.gov/.