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Potential Hazards Lurk in Las Conchas Burn Area

on December 1, 2012 - 9:29am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest reminds the public that certain areas of the Las Conchas Fire area are open, however, some areas remain closed due to safety hazardous.

Standing burnt trees that could fall on vehicles pose a significant risk to anyone driving on roads that have not been cleared of these hazards.

Vehicle camping is not permitted off designated open roads.

What’s Closed

  • FR 287
  • FR 500

What’s Open

  • FR 10
  • FR 36
  • FR 270
  • FR 266
  • FR 268 (N.M. 4 to Cochiti Mesa)
  • FR 280
  • FR 281
  • FR 282
  • FR 289

In the Las Conchas burn area, motor vehicles may travel on designated open roads only. Pedestrians and non-motorized vehicle users may travel throughout open areas.

Though some areas have been deemed safe for public use, the Forest Service reminds visitors that entering the forest presents risk and requires good situational awareness for any potential hazards.

Please be aware of burned trees that could fall, stump holes that may be hidden by debris, falling rocks impacted by the heat of the fire that can break off and roll downhill and imminent flash flooding.

The Las Conchas Fire, the second largest fire on record in the State of New Mexico, started June 26, 2011 as the result of a wind thrown tree striking and shorting out a power line.

The Las Conchas Fire burned more than 156,500 acres on land managed by the Jemez, Espanola and Coyote Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo and Santa Clara Pueblo lands, Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve lands, Los Alamos National Laboratory lands, as well as numerous private  land holdings.


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