Nm 63 Opens But Pecos River Camp Sites Remain Closed
Incident: Tres Lagunas Post-Fire Response Burned Area Emergency Response
Although Santa Fe National Forest Opens Today, Most of Tres Lagunas Fire Area Remains Closed
SANTA FE, NM—JULY 11, 2013 The Santa Fe National Forest will reopen portions of the forest beginning Friday, July 12th at 8:00 a.m. The Forest will lift the full closure and move into Stage I fire restrictions. However, some areas of the Forest will remain closed due to impacts by wildfires or potential for flooding. “Areas of the forest affected by the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge, and Jaroso fires will remain closed for public safety,” announced Deputy Forest Supervisor Joe Norrell. Concern remains over possible flash flooding in many areas downslope from burned areas which requires additional recreation site (seasonal) closures during the monsoon season.
Monsoonal moisture has minimized the risk of wildfire, although it has not totally eliminated it,” added Norrell, “We will maintain Stage I fire restrictions in all reopened areas. That means campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds.”
Tres Lagunas Fire Closure
The following areas will be closed from June 30, 2013, to September 30, 2013 due to potential flood impacts from the Tres Lagunas Fire:
- Holy Ghost Canyon, Lower and Upper Dalton day-use areas, Field Tract, Windy Bridge and Forest Service lands within 100 feet of the water’s edge of the Pecos River. New Mexico State Highway 63 in the Pecos Canyon will remain closed at mile marker 15.
The following areas within the closed area will remain open year-round:
- Forest Service Road 646 (“Davis-Willow Road”): no off-road driving (prism only).
- Davis-Willow campground: you are restricted to the actual campground area (prism only).
Please reference the Tres Lagunas Fire Closure Order and Map (on web) for detailed information about the boundaries of the fire closure area.