Rain could prompt reopening of Santa Fe National Forest
July 06, 2018 06:18 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. - The Santa Fe National Forest could be opening back up soon if it were to receive the rain forecasted for the area.
Forest officials say anticipated rains could lift the closure sooner than once thought.
“With the current humidity levels and favorable monsoon forecast, I’m optimistic we’ll lift closures fairly soon,” said James Melonas, forest supervisor. “We’re working in close coordination with other northern New Mexico forests to be consistent in our approach, and to open the forests for the enjoyment of visitors as soon as it is safe to do so.”
In addition to monitoring the forecast, forest officials say they also watch how the public complies with closure orders, saying people pose a huge risk in starting wildfires.
“We experienced a remarkable month in June with no human-caused wildfires on the Santa Fe. That’s remarkable and worthy of praise,” said Terrence Gallegos, acting Deputy Fire Staff officer.
The forest was closed on June 1 due to extremely high fire danger. Violations carry a mandatory appearance in federal court and are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations and/or by imprisonment for not more than six months.
Updated: July 06, 2018 06:18 PM
Created: July 06, 2018 10:59 AM
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