Fire danger prompts more forest closures in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Another New Mexico forest will be closing to the public as a result of increasing fire danger across the region.
Officials with the Cibola National Forest say all portions of the Sandia and Mountainair ranger districts will close Friday. The Mount Taylor district in western New Mexico will close June 22.
The exception will be the Foothills Trail bordering Albuquerque’s east side, the Sandia Peak Tram and the Sandia ranger office, which includes the Tijeras Pueblo site.
All campgrounds, trails, picnic areas and forest roads will be off limits and will remain so until the fire danger decreases substantially.
Violations of the closure order carry a mandatory appearance in federal court and are punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of $5,000 and/or imprisonment.
The Santa Fe National Forest is already closed.