SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says it's still not safe to allow people within the Wallow Fire burn area in the vicinity of Luna, N.M., and extending north and west to the Arizona state line.
The nearly 16,000 acres will remain closed due to public health and safety concerns.
Crews are going through the burn area cutting dead trees located adjacent to roads that could easily fall and injure forest users so forest areas can begin to reopen.
Some areas with severe fire damage may have to remain closed for some time as it will take longer to restore the areas and remove safety hazards.
The burned area has been closed since June 10.
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