Fire restrictions and closures to remain in place to reduce the risk of human caused fires

Albuquerque, NM, June 19, 2018 – While some portions of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands received up to two inches of rain last weekend, it was not enough to lower the fire danger significantly. Forest fuels are quickly drying out again and the extended weather forecast calls for continued very hot and dry conditions. A substantial amount of precipitation will be needed before the current fire restrictions can be lifted.

To reduce the risk of human caused fires and to ensure the safety of fire fighters, the public, and our precious natural resources, please observe the following restrictions:

  • The Mountainair Ranger District will remain in full closure, including all Forest Service roads, trails, and picnic areas.
  • The Sandia Ranger District remains closed, including all Forest Service roads, trails, and picnic areas except for Foothills Trail #365, the Sandia Peak Tram, and the Sandia Ranger District Administrative site which includes the Tijeras Pueblo, trail, and programs.
  • Stage II fire restrictions remain in place on the Mount Taylor and Magdalena Ranger Districts and the Kiowa-Rita Blanca National Grasslands.

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