Fire Risks Prompt Temporary Closure Of NM Forest

Jun 24, 2013

Wildfire risks have prompted authorities to temporarily close the Santa Fe National Forest to the public beginning Monday morning.

Officials say they're temporarily cutting off the public's access to the forest because they don't want the added risk of fires started by people.

They also cited hot and dry weather conditions that make the forest vulnerable to wildfires.

The closure will be lifted after the area receives enough rain to lessen wildfire risks.

The forest is following the lead of the Sandia and Manzano ranger districts on the Cibola National Forest, which borders the state's most populated area.

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