SANTA FE–The Santa Fe National Forest reopen portions of the forest at 8 a.m. today, July 12.
Fenton Lake and Monastery Lake will reopen as well. NM Game and Fish properties along the Pecos River will remain closed.
The Forest will lift the full closure and move into Stage I fire restrictions. However, some areas of the Forest will remain closed due to impacts by wildfires or potential for flooding. Visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/ for a complete list of trails and campgrounds that will remain closed.
“Areas of the forest affected by the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge, and Jaroso fires will remain closed for public safety,” Deputy Forest Supervisor Joe Norrell said.
Concern remains over possible flash flooding in many areas downslope from burned areas which requires additional recreation site (seasonal) closures during the monsoon season.
“Monsoonal moisture has minimized the risk of wildfire, although it has not totally eliminated it,” Norrell said “We will maintain Stage I fire restrictions in all reopened areas. That means campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds.”
Portions of the Pecos Wilderness outside the Jaroso Fire closure will be open including the portion previously closed by the Carson National Forest. There are many trails that you can enjoy within the Wilderness and other areas of the forest that are not within the fire area.
However, the Forest Service would like to stress the need for personal responsibility and safety when in the forest. You must be fully aware of where you are, the weather conditions, and what areas are closed because of the fires and potential downslope flooding.
The Valles Caldera National Preserve will resume some fishing, hiking and van tours at 8 a.m. Friday, July 12. All visitors must check in at the Valle Grande Staging Area accessible through the main entrance on N.M. 4. For more information on available activities and programs at the Valles Caldera call 866-382-5537 or go to www.vallescaldera.gov.