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More closures implemented due to high fire danger

KOB.com Web Staff
June 15, 2018 12:35 PM

BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. – All Bernalillo County East Mountain open space properties will be closed starting Friday at 8 a.m.

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The county made the decision due to high fire danger.

The closure includes Ojito de San Antonio, Sandia Knolls, Sedillo Ridge and Sabino Canyon Open Space Properties. Carlito Springs has been closed for renovations.

Officials say the closures will remain in place until the forest receives a significant amount of moisture.

“The importance of the closure of the county open spaces in the East Mountains is that it reduces the likelihood of a human-caused fire,” says Bernalillo County Fire Marshal Keith Clark. “It also keeps residents from being trapped on the mountain in case a fire does start.”

Kirtland Air Force Base officials say they'll follow suit.

“Effective immediately, the installation will follow all restrictions listed in Stage II and Stage III orders through July 15 or until conditions improve. My team will closely monitor and communicate any changes to these restrictions,” said Col. Richard Gibbs, 377th Air Base Wing Commander.

Kirtland wildland areas have prohibited campfires, explosives, smoking in open areas, fireworks, the operation of chainsaws or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, welding, or operating torches with an open flame and of course firing a firearm, air rifle or gas gun.

The Forest Service has already banned all recreational activities in the Mountainair, Sandia, and Mount Taylor Ranger Districts. Campgrounds, picnic areas, trails and National Forest System roads will also be closed starting tomorrow at 8 a.m.

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