U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
U.S. Forest Service
Coconino National Forest
For Immediate Release
July 15, 2014
Brady Smith, 928-527-3490
Forest Service law enforcement searching for individual(s) who placed rebar in roads
Flagstaff, Ariz. – Forest Service law enforcement is asking the public for any information related to sharpened rebar that was purposely placed on and near forest roads in the Happy Jack area.
At least five pieces of these spiked rebar placed on a forest road were responsible for slashing at least eight tires over the weekend. It appears the rebar is being placed in areas frequented by off-highway vehicles (OHV). “The end of the rebar has been flattened and sharpened to a point and the exposed point has been painted to blend in with the road surface,” said Mogollon Rim District Ranger Linda Wadleigh. “The objects pose a serious threat to everyone, and that doesn’t just mean people recreating on a motorcycle or OHV, it includes people walking, hiking and even wildlife. We are taking this very seriously and asking the public to keep an eye out and report suspicious activity in the area.”
Anyone with information regarding who may be placing these dangerous rebar should contact Forest Service law enforcement at 928-527-3511.
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