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Cibola National Forest reopens

Cibola National Forest reopens

Marian Camacho
July 13, 2018 03:33 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Just in time for the weekend, the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands reopened.

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Closures have been in effect due to extreme fire danger.  Forest officials say the danger has decreased substantially due to recent precipitation and many factors have been taken into account before a decision was made to reopen the areas.

The public is encouraged to continue to use extreme caution with campfires, dousing them with plenty of water until the area is cold to the touch.

“We know that fire restrictions and closures can cause a significant amount of inconvenience for the public and we greatly appreciate the cooperation that we have received during this time,” said Steve Hattenbach, Forest Supervisor for the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

The Las Huertas Picnic Area and Sandia Cave will both remain closed as the Department of Transportation works on State Highway 165. Those sites will reopen in approximately two to three weeks when the work is complete.

Meanwhile, a burn ban that has been in effect in Otero County has now been lifted. The change is also thanks to increased moisture in the area, moving the fire danger to "low to moderate."

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