Backbone Fire Forces Closure of Arizona Trail Near Pine

The Backbone Fire has forced a closure of the Arizona Trail west of the town of Pine. In the interest of public safety, AZT Passage 25 (Whiterock Mesa) and a portion of Passage 26 (Highline) is currently closed between East Verde River (mile 430) and Bray Creek (mile 462). Trail users are discouraged from visiting any portion of Passage 26 as the fire advances further west. Nearby communities of Pine and Strawberry have already evacuated. The Backbone Fire was first reported on June 7 and has grown to over 40,855 acres (as of June 26). To learn more about the Backbone Fire, visit the Inciweb page here.