As of today (Monday, July 16) at 8 a.m., fire restrictions on the Carson National Forest are lifted.
According to a press release from Anna Bouchonville, acting Public Affairs Assistant, 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.
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.
Although fire restrictions will be lifted starting July 16th, forest personnel want to encourage the public to practice fire safety. It is vital that all campfires be completely extinguished before leaving your campsite. Drown your fires with plenty of water and make sure they are cool to the touch.
Monsoon season brings strong storms with possible flooding and lightning. Stay informed about weather forecasts when visiting the forest and be prepared for dangerous conditions.
Forest managers request the public’s patience as it may take time to remove barriers and open gates for forest access Monday. Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com, twitter/CarsonNF, facebook.com/CarsonNF or contact the Public Affairs Office at 575-758-6303.