Officials to reopen Cibola National Forest, Sandia Mountains on Friday

Good news for campers, hikers and anyone just looking to get away.

The U.S. Forest Service and City of Albuquerque will lift fire restrictions on the Cibola National Forest, the National Grasslands and Sandia Mountains on Friday morning.

The areas were shut down in early June when drought conditions left the areas in extreme fire danger.

Both the USFS and Albuquerque Park and Recreation said recent monsoons have brought enough rain to lower the fire danger substantially.

Officials say many factors were taken into consideration before lifting the restrictions, including predicted rainfall, lower temperatures and increased humidity.

“Although the combination of these factors have reduced the fire danger, the public is encouraged to use extreme caution with campfires,” a release from USFS states. “Drown campfires with plenty of water and make sure they are cold to the touch before you leave the area.”

The fire restrictions will be lifted at 8 a.m. Friday.

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