Ci­bola For­est lifts fire re­stric­tions

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION -

AL­BU­QUERQUE — The Ci­bola Na­tional For­est and Na­tional Grass­lands is lift­ing fire re­stric­tions be­cause wide­spread pre­cip­i­ta­tion from the mon­soon has sub­stan­tially re­duced the fire dan­ger.

Ci­bola’s an­nounce­ment Thurs­day said the re­stric­tions would be lifted at 8 a.m. Fri­day and that the de­ci­sion re­sulted from con­sid­er­a­tion of mois­ture lev­els, re­cent and pre­dicted rain­fall, and other weather con­di­tions.

Ci­bola’s lift­ing of fire re­stric­tions fol­lows re­cent moves by the Car­son and Santa Fe na­tional forests in North­ern New Mex­ico to reopen trails, camp­grounds and other ar­eas that were closed be­cause of wild­fire dan­ger.

Of­fi­cials said the rainy sea­son can in­crease the pos­si­bil­ity of flash flood­ing, es­pe­cially in ar­eas that have been burned.

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