Wildfires prompt Pecos Wilderness trail closures

Posted at: 06/13/2013 2:07 PM
By: The Associated Press

TAOS, N.M. (AP) - Officials on the Carson National Forest have decided to close trails in the Camino Real Ranger District that access the Pecos Wilderness.

The decision stems from a wildfire burning in the wilderness. The Jaroso Fire has charred an estimated 5 square miles and is sending up quite a bit of smoke as it runs through acres of dead and downed trees.

Forest officials say the closure order includes the Trampas, San Leoandro, Santa Barbara and the Ripley Point trails.

The entire Pecos Wilderness has been closed on both the Santa Fe and Carson forests.

Officials say the unprecedented fire behavior of the Jaroso Fire, the dry conditions and heavy fuel loads has contributed to the extreme fire danger in the area.

Those who violate the closure order could face stiff fines or prison time.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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