Public access to Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area limited by Klondyke fire

Contributed Photo/BLM. The Klondyke fire has consumed about 225 acres in the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area.

SAFFORD — Bureau of Land Management announced three areas are currently unavailable to the public due to the 225-acre Klondyke fire in the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area.

Copper Creek Road on the west end of Aravaipa Canyon and Aravaipa Creek Road at the Cobra Ranch headquarters are both closed, while Turkey Creek is inaccessible.

The result is that all permits for the east end of Aravaipa have been cancelled for at least the next three days. Permit holders may obtain a refund or reschedule for a time when the area re-opens.

Permit holders for the west end of Aravaipa may still access the canyon; however, hiking from west to east is prohibited.

The other area wildfire, the Bringham fire in Greenlee County, has grown to 23,142 acres and is at 40-percent containment.

The fire has closed U.S. Highway 191 between mileposts 186 and 226, between Morenci and Hannagan Meadow.