(KFYI News) – Don't plan on visiting Oak Creek Canyon after the July 4th weekend. It'll be closed to the public because of the danger of flooding.
Officials from the Coconino National Forest made the announcement Thursday night during a community meeting in Sedona. After the 21,000-acre Slide wildfire earlier this year pretty much burned the landscape bare, scientists have determined that any monsoon rainfall will pose the possibility of major flooding, washing large amounts of water, ash, and debris into the canyon and Oak Creek.
For that reason, all public recreation areas in Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona will be closed to the public from July 7th until the end of the monsoon, unless monsoon rains come before that.
Experts say it will take two to three years for the bare ground in the area to re-vegetate.