ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe National Forest is expected to lift the closure order and stage 2 fire restrictions on Monday.

The forest entered full closure on June 1 for public safety and forest health.

Forest officials tell Albuquerque TV station KRQE that northern New Mexico's extreme drought conditions in this year led to the closure, but the monsoons are soon to remedy the drought across the state.

The decision to lift the closure was based on several factors including current and predicted weather, fire activity, available firefighting resources and public compliance.

Forest personnel are scheduled to begin removing barriers and opening gates beginning at 8 a.m.


Information from: KRQE-TV,