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Tonto National Forest closes areas

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Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 5:47 pm | Updated: 12:58 pm, Wed Jul 25, 2012.

Tonto National Forest officials announced Monday an area closure due to impending monsoonal activity which poses the possibility of severe flooding danger in the Sycamore Creek area.

“In the next few weeks it is possible that several areas on the Tonto National Forest will suffer the extreme effects of summer flooding. One of those areas is the Sunflower burn area, approximately 17,500 acres, which is the upper watershed for Sycamore Creek,” stated Gary Hanna, Mesa District Ranger.

The Sunflower fire began last month and is currently 80 percent contained.

The area being immediately closed is the Sycamore Creek area, an extension of the already established Sunflower fire closure area.

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