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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 29, 2011:
WILDLIFE AREAS CLOSED DUE TO EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS
SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish has closed several State Game Commission-owned wildlife areas, campgrounds and fishing areas beginning Thursday, June 30, because of extreme fire conditions and to coincide with closures in bordering national forests and other public lands.
The Santa Fe National Forest announced is was going to a full closure beginning Thursday, restricting all access to trails and campgrounds except those in the Coyote Ranger District and northern part of the Cuba Ranger District, which will remain under Stage 2 fire restrictions. The Carson National Forest announced closures for all ranger districts except the Jicarilla. The Lincoln National Forest is closed, and there are partial closures in the Cibola and Gila national forests.
Wednesday, Gov. Susanna Martinez declared a state of emergency regarding fireworks use in New Mexico, urging all New Mexican to refrain from buying, selling or using fireworks during the dry fire season. Fireworks bans already are in place on all state and federal lands and most county and city properties.
State Game Commission land closures and restrictions usually coincide with those imposed by bordering national forest, state and other federal lands. They include:
For more information about fire restrictions and closures on U.S. Forest Service lands and other public and private lands statewide, please visit http://nmfireinfo.wordpress.com or call the fire restrictions hotline at (877) 864-6985.
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