SANTA FE—“The Santa Fe National Forest will remain closed to public access through the Fourth of July weekend,” Forest Supervisor Maria Garcia said.
The isolated rain showers received over the past week have helped to reduce fire danger and forest officials are considering which parts of the Santa Fe National Forest will be safe to open next week.
“Rainfall and a decrease in fires, does not mean the forest will reopen unless all conditions are safe,” she added.
After the Forest reopens, fire emergency closures will remain in effect for the protection of public health and safety in those areas affected by the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge, and Jaroso fires. Post-fire work continues in the fire affected areas and there is still a concern of flash flooding in many areas downslope of burned areas.
Several years of drought, have left our public lands parched and vulnerable to wildfire. Though summer rain showers are welcomed, they are accompanied by lightning and some of these lightning strikes have resulted in ten new fire starts. These fires were suppressed quickly and most of them were less than an acre in size.
The Tres Lagunas Fire—10,219 acres;
Thompson Ridge Fire—23,965 acres; and
the Jaroso Fire—11,141 acres are now in the post-fire rehabilitation stage.
“Know Before You Go”
Call the local ranger station for the latest information on Santa Fe National Forest re-opening.
- Santa Fe National Forest (505) 438-5300 | http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe
- Coyote Ranger District (575) 638-5526
- Cuba Ranger District (575) 289-3264
- Jemez Ranger District (575) 829-3535
- Pecos Ranger Station (505) 757-6121
- Las Vegas Ranger Station (505) 425-3534
- Española Ranger Station (505) 753-7331
- Los Alamos Satellite Office (505) 667-5120