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The Santa Fe, Carson, Lincoln, and Cibola Forests Are Now Open

Daniella Cressman
"The last few months could be summed up by a popular folk song: Fire and Rain. And both elements were record-setting in their own ways. The former brought the two largest wildfires in the state’s history – destroying hundreds of homes and shuttering forests. The latter settled in last week in 'unprecedented' fashion and spurred officials to reopen forests in time for wildflowers, stargazing and mushroom hunting." —Matthew Reisen

The Santa Fe, Carson, Lincoln, and Cibola Forests are now open to the public, and campfires are allowed.

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"The U.S. Forest Service announced that Santa Fe, Carson, Lincoln and Cibola – which includes the Sandia Mountains – national forests will open to the public and allow campfires starting Friday. The National Park Service followed suit, reopening Bandelier National Monument under the same conditions." (written on Thursday, June 23, 2022 by Matthew Reisen)

Thankfully, the firefighters have now made some progress on the two largest wildfires.

"Firefighters have gained ground on the two largest, the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire in the Santa Fe National Forest and Black Fire in the Gila National Forest, which sit at 341,471 acres with 72% containment and 325,128 acres with 68% containment, respectively." —Matthew Reisen

That being said, the Cerro Pelado Fire area in the Jemez and Pecos/Las Vegas portions of the Santa Fe National Forest, the Bear Trap area near Magdalena, and some northern parts of the Carson National Forest, as well as portions of the El Rito area, will remain closed.

"The Cerro Pelado Fire area in the Jemez and Pecos/Las Vegas portions of the Santa Fe National Forest, the Bear Trap area near Magdalena and northern portions of Carson National Forest and parts of the El Rito area will remain closed due to ongoing fire suppression and cleanup." —Matthew Reisen

Unfortunately, there is still a very strong possibility of flash floods.

"We’re very concerned about the flash flooding threat for the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon burn scars." —Andrew Church

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