Scene from April 29 of smoke plume from the Cerro Pelado Fire, northwest of Cochiti Lake, rising behind the lake’s Visitor Center. Courtesy/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News:
ALBUQUERQUE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District announced today that effective immediately Cochiti Lake is closed to ALL recreation until further notice.
Cochiti Reservoir will be used as a water supply for aerial firefighting support to combat the spread of the Cerro Pelado Fire currently burning approximately 5 miles west of the USACE Cochiti Lake Project, N.M.
Effective today, May 2, all recreation including camping and day use on the Cochiti and Tetilla Peak Recreation areas on the Cochiti Lake Project have been closed until further notice.
Until the Cerro Pelado Fire is contained and deemed safe for staff and the public, the recreation areas will remain closed.
For more information regarding the notifications about the Cerro Pelado Fire, Sandoval County has created a CodeRed Emergency Notification System for public notifications during an emergency. To sign up for notifications visit https://www.sandovalcountynm.gov/codered/.
Direct questions or concerns, to the USACE Cochiti Lake Project at 505.465.0307.