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Wildfire will affect some deer, bear hunts in Prescott National Forest

Posted August 21, 2019


Closure area includes portion of Game Management Unit 17B 


PHOENIX — The Sheridan Fire, burning 23 miles northwest of Prescott in the Prescott National Forest, is forcing the closure of an area within the forest’s Chino Valley Ranger District.

The closure will affect those hunters who are planning to hunt deer and bear in parts of Game Management Unit 17B. The archery-only nonpermit-tag season for deer and general season for bear in that unit begins Friday, Aug. 23. 

The closure near Camp Wood Road is for the protection of the public and to allow U.S. Forest Service personnel to effectively manage the lightning-caused wildfire, which has burned almost 3,500 acres. Areas outside of the closures will remain open to hunting.

A map of the closure area, along with the full Public Safety Closure Order, is available on the Prescott National Forest website. A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. today (Aug. 21) at Prescott High School’s Ruth Street Theater, 1050 Ruth St., in Prescott.

For more information, call (928) 777-2200.