SFNF Rescinds Rincon Fire Closure Order

SANTA FE, NM – July 2, 2021 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today rescinded the Rincon Fire closure order that restricted access to a portion of the Pecos Wilderness to protect public health and safety during fire operations. The closure order went into effect on June 16.   

The restricted area under the closure order was roughly defined by Jacks Creek Trail #257 and Beatty’s Trail #25 on the west to Skyline Trail #251 on the north to the Pecos Wilderness boundary on the east to Lone Pine Mesa Trail #214, El Porvenir Trail #247 and Skyline Trail #251 on the south, then heading north to Iron Gate Trailhead and Jacks Creek Trailhead.

With the rescission of the order, members of the public are again allowed to enter the area to take advantage of “outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation,” as described in the Wilderness Act of 1964. As always, wilderness area visitors should maintain situational awareness at all times and take responsibility for their own safety.

Although the Rincon Fire appears to be waning, fire behavior can be unpredictable. Hikers should exercise caution and steer clear of the immediate area of the Rincon Fire area approximately 2 miles east of Hamilton Mesa.

Although recent moisture has eased fire conditions across the SFNF, Northern New Mexico is still in various stages of drought. Please recreate responsibly to keep yourself and others safe and protect the SFNF from preventable wildfires throughout the summer season.

The rescission order will be posted on the SFNF website. Stay up to date on SFNF news by checking the SFNF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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