Efforts underway to reopen Arizona Snowbowl, following closure due to fire dangers

- The San Francisco Peaks are beautiful during this time of year, but because it has been so dry, parts of the Coconino National Forest have been closed, due to fire danger, including all summertime activities at Arizona Snowbowl.

The closure means 70 people have been out of a job, and now, a group of lawmakers have sent a letter to the interim chief of the U.S Forest Service, Vicki Christiansen, asking for Snowbowl's extended closure to be justified.

George Jozen with Coconino National Forest says the letter is under review.  

"The Forest Service is reviewing a letter addressed to the chief and received on Friday, June 22," said Jozens, via a phone interview. "Representatives of Snowbowl, Coconino County Emergency Services and the Coconino National Forest are meeting to discuss risk analysis, forest service concerns, county concerns, evacuation and required emergency plans."

According to the Associated Press, 50 people are out of work since the resort's closure in May 23.

Lawmakers are saying the closure is affecting business, but Meg Roederer with the Flagstaff Convention Visitors Bureau says despite some closures area, Flagstaff has always been visitation strong. Meanwhile, Roederer says Snowbowl's closure shouldn't deter people from visiting Northern Arizona.

"We always have things to do," said Roderer.

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