Officials warn of wildfire threat despite wet winter

New Mexico
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Wildlife officials say fires are still a big threat despite the wet winter.

According to the Santa Fe National Forest, elevations above 9,000 feet are in pretty good shape, but lower elevations can dry out more quickly, making it more likely they’ll ignite. Forest officials are pleading with campers to be responsible and extinguish all campfires. 

Meanwhile, officials are expecting especially high river flows because of the melt off of all that snow. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Rio Chama and the Rio Grande will see significant rises. 

Downstream of Cochiti Dam, the river is expected to be the highest its been since 2005. The same is expected for Elephant Butte. The high flows could last for as long as two months.

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