ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Several closures are being implemented in the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands due to the extreme fire danger.
The closures will prohibit all recreational activities on the Mountainair, Sandia and Mount Taylor Ranger Districts.
Campgrounds, picnic areas, trails, trailheads, and National Forest System roads will be closed to the general public.
The closure orders will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Some exceptions apply. In addition to government employees on official duty, firefighters and private property owners, the orders include additional exemptions for special use permit holders, contractors, Native American tribes and others whose activities do not raise the risk of wildfire. The closures are as follows:
- Mountainair Ranger District – effective at 8:00 am on Friday, June 15; includes all portions of the district.
- Sandia Ranger District – effective at 8:00 am on Friday, June 15; includes all portions of the district except Foothills Trail #365, the Sandia Peak Tram, and the Sandia Ranger District Administrative site which includes the Tijeras Pueblo, trail, programs and facilities.
- Mount Taylor Ranger District - effective on Friday, June 22; includes all portions of the district.
Violators will be required to make a mandatory appearance in federal court and could face misdemeanor charges and/or pay fines.
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