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Fire Threat Closes Many New Mexico Campgrounds

July 1, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Department of Game and Fish closed several state game commission-owned wildlife areas, campgrounds and fishing areas on Thursday (June 30) because of extreme fire conditions and to coincide with closures in bordering national forests and other public lands, the Cibola Beacon reported.

The Santa Fe National Forest went into full closure, restricting all access to trails and campgrounds except those in the Coyote Ranger District and northern part of the Cuba Ranger District, which will remain under Stage 2 fire restrictions. The Carson National Forest announced closures for all ranger districts except the Jicarilla. The Lincoln National Forest is closed, and there are partial closures in the Cibola and Gila national forests.

State Game Commission land closures and restrictions usually coincide with those imposed by bordering national forest, state and other federal lands. They include:

  • Pecos Canyon
  • Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Area
  • Fenton Lake State Park
  • Rio Chama Wildlife Area
  • Humphries Wildlife Area
  • Sargent Wildlife Area

New Mexico State Parks announced it has closed Hyde Memorial, Fenton Lake, Morphy Lake, Coyote Creek, and Cimarron Canyon State Parks due to extreme fire danger.

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