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Wildfire could affect some archery elk hunters in Game Management Unit 6B 

Posted September 10, 2019


PHOENIX — The lightning-caused Whiskey Fire, burning about 15 miles southwest of Flagstaff in the Coconino National Forest, could affect archery elk hunters when the season opens Friday, Sept. 13, in Game Management Unit 6B.

According to a news release issued late Monday by the Coconino National Forest, firefighting vehicles and firefighters are present on roadways and smoke may reduce visibility. A closure around the fire area is expected soon, and parts of Forest Road 231 may be closed periodically to allow for firefighting equipment and operations. Areas outside of any closure will remain open to hunting.  

The Whiskey Fire, within the footprint of the 2014 Slide Fire, will be active for weeks to come. Due to safety concerns for the public and firefighters, campers should not set up long-term campsites near the fire area. 

For more information, and a map of the fire area, visit, or call (928) 275-1564.