Reduced Closure Area for Post Wildfire Suppression Repair

Bear Trap Fire – Magdalena Ranger District – San Mateo Mountains

Albuquerque, NM, Aug 02, 2022 – An Area, Road and Trail Closure (Order 03-03-03-22-01) has been issued for National Forest System lands as described below and as depicted on the attached map as Exhibit A, within the Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest, Socorro County, New Mexico. This Order is effective on July 25, 2022, at 8:00 a.m., and shall remain in effect until August 31, 2022, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

This Order reduces the area, roads and trails that were previously closed under the May Order No. 03-0728 for the Bear Trap Fire. The purpose of this Order is to protect public health and safety from post wildfire hazards and provide for firefighter and contractor safety during post wildfire suppression repair.


The Described Area consists of all National Forest System (NFS) lands within the following description.

The northwestern boundary will consist of NFS Road (FR) 549 starting at the southwest end of FR 549 to include all of FR 549 to the point it intersects with FR 138.

The southwestern boundary will start at the intersection of FR 549 and FR 73 heading northwest along FR 73 until intersection of FR 73 and FR 72.

Then following FR 72 south to FR 94 and continuing until reaching FR 478. The southern boundary will start at the junction of FR 94 and FR 478 to include all of FR 478 to the east of the intersection ending at NFS Trail 43.

The eastern boundary will start at the junction of FR 478 and NFS Trail 43 continuing north along NFS Trail 43 to Grassy Lookout. Then following NFS Trail 63 northeast to the junction of FR 330.

The northeastern boundary will start at the intersection of FR 330 and NFS Trail 63 continuing northwest along NFS Trail 92 continuing through the intersection of FR 138, until FR 138 intersects with FR 549.

All NFS Roads and Trails identified above that comprise the Described Area boundary are closed, as are all NFS Roads and Trails within the Described Area boundary also to include NFS Trail 36.

1. Trail 63

2. Trail 64

3. Trail 65

4. Trail 31

5. Trail 36

6. Trail 37

7. Trail 38

8. Trail 43 north of FR 478

9. Trail 91 south of FR 138

10. Trail 92

Any violation of this prohibition is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both (see 16 U.S.C. § 551, 18 U.S.C. § 3571(b)(6), 18 U.S.C. § 3581(b)(7)).

For more information on this order contact:

Magdalena Ranger District Office: 575-854-2281

The official order 03-03-03-22-01 posted on the Cibola NF & NGs website under Alerts & Notices.

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03-03-03-22-01 Exhibit A – Bear Trap Fire Closure Map

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