NM - Carson National Forest lifts fire ban

Sep 27, 2017
(July 16, 2018) - For Immediate Release. Fire restrictions on the Carson National Forest will be lifted, effective at 8 am on Monday, July 16, 2018.
[/color]The fire restrictions, which covered all districts, are no longer required because fire danger has been reduced to moderate. Due to increased humidity levels and widespread precipitation, campfires, smoking and chainsaw use are now allowed throughout the forest. Target shooting is allowed again in dispersed areas where it can be conducted safely. Fireworks are ALWAYS prohibited on National Forest System Lands.
[/color]The area around the Sardinas Canyon Fire will remain closed due to ongoing fire activities and for public safety. Forest Road 76, off Hwy 518, will be closed, including the La Junta Summer homes and the Duran and Upper La Junta campgrounds. Forest Road 442 at Gallegos Park is also closed. Forest officials will continue to evaluate when these roads can be re-opened for public use after the monsoons.


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Jun 16, 2018
That is good to here. I was in that area about a week ago. All the camp sites were shutdown, so we headed south to Santa Fe. Once we got there it was flash flooding! Needless to say it was a far different trip than our normal Northern NM hiking and climbing vacation.

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Sep 27, 2017
Matman, you bring up a good point to note though. Highway 64 from Cimarron to Eagle Nest has been closed, at some point in the afternoons, almost everyday this last week due to flash flooding in the burn scars from the Ute Park fire.
With the monsoon season hitting, if you are traveling through recent burn areas in NM, you might want to travel through those areas in the am before afternoon storms get going.

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