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Sandia and Magdalena Ranger Districts Stage III fire restrictions begin Monday, June 20, 2011

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Sandia and Magdalena Ranger Districts Stage III fire restrictions begin Monday, June 20, 2011

Rosyfinch
Administrator

Albuquerque, NM – June 17, 2011. Cibola National Forest and Grasslands Supervisor Nancy Rose announced that the Sandia and Magdalena Ranger Districts are moving to Stage III fire restrictions at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 20, 2011. “We have been closely monitoring conditions on these districts and based on their assessments and the National Weather Service predictions of ongoing drought, I feel it is necessary to move to Stage III fire restrictions to prevent human-caused wildfires and to protect public health and safety,” said Rose.

These fire restrictions will be rescinded on October 31, 2011 or when there is sufficient precipitation to lessen the risk of extreme fire behavior.

In Stage III fire restrictions, all areas of the districts are closed unless specifically listed as open. However, the areas that are open, remain under Stage II fire restrictions. Specific information for the Sandia and Magdalena Ranger Districts are outlined below.

Sandia Ranger District

Restrictions:
        -All National Forest System lands within the Sandia Ranger District in Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties are closed except areas listed specifically as open. (see below).

        -Dispersed Day use and/or camping is not allowed along open Forest Service Roads or along State Highway 165.  To see maps of the restrictions, please go to Cibola’s web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/cibola in the “Alerts and Notices” section.

Open Areas:
        -Sandia Crest Observation Area
        -Sandia Peak Tram and associated facilities
        -Sandia Peak Ski Area and associated facilities
        -Sandia Crest House

Open Recreation Sites:
        -Cienega Canyon day use site
        -Sulphur Canyon day use site
        -Pine Flat day use site
        -Doc Long (front of site only) day use site
        -Balsam Glade day use site
        -Sandia Ranger District Administrative Site
        -Tijeras Pueblo Interpretive Trail

Open Trails:
        -Those portions of Forest Trail 365, including secondary trails associated with Forest Trail 365, outside of the Sandia -Mountain Wilderness and south of the Tram
        -Sandia Peak Ski Area mountain bike/hiking trails within the ski area boundary only

Open Roads:
        -Forest Road 190 to Cienega Canyon Day Use Area
        -Forest Road 242
        -Forest Road 413

For additional information regarding the fire restrictions, please contact the Sandia Ranger District at 505.281.3304.

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