SANTA FE – The Golondrino prescribed burn area on the Cuba Ranger District will be closed to the public Sunday, Sept. 27 until Thursday, Oct. 8 to ensure public safety during ignitions.
The restricted area is popular with hunters, and since the prescribed burn is planned during turkey and bear season, forest officials determined that a closure order would minimize potential safety hazards.
The area under the closure order is delineated by the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) boundary on the north, the boundary between the Cuba and Coyote Ranger Districts on the east, Forest Road (FR) 7 to FR 6 on the south, and State Road 112 on the west.
The closure order includes motorized traffic of any kind in the restricted area. Exemptions include federal, state and local officers, members of an organized rescue team or firefighting force, and anyone with a valid Forest Service permit exempting them from the order.
Signs will be posted at the junction of FR 7 and State Road 112 and on arterial roads leading into the treatment area. Violations are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor.
The closure order is in compliance with federal regulations that allow closures for the protection of public health and safety. Copies of the closure order and maps are available at the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Headquarters, the SFNF website and the Cuba District Office.