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Santa Fe National Forest now open

David Lynch
July 09, 2018 06:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After being closed for more than a month, forestry officials announced the Santa Fe National Forest reopened Monday.

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Higher humidity levels and rain factored into the decision, which was announced Saturday afternoon. The fire restrictions have also been lifted as the monsoon begins across New Mexico.

Officials said there were a handful of "human-caused fire starts" in the forest since June 1 when the closure was implemented, but none of them resulted in wildfires in a year when much of New Mexico has experienced or continues to experience extreme drought conditions.

"We are appreciative of the public's patience and understanding throughout the process, and we applaud their efforts to communicate restrictions and closures to others," Forest Fire Staff Officer Lance Elmore is quoted as saying in a release.

The Carson National Forest announced it will reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m. However, the area surrounding the Sardinas Canyon Fire will remain closed.

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David Lynch

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