Fire restrictions on the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico were lifted today (Monday, July 16).
“The fire restrictions, which covered all districts, are no longer required because fire danger has been reduced to moderate,” says a news release from the Carson forest.
“Due to increased humidity levels and widespread precipitation, campfires, smoking and chainsaw use are now allowed throughout the forest. Target shooting is allowed again in dispersed areas where it can be conducted safely. Fireworks are ALWAYS prohibited on National Forest System Lands.”
Due to drought conditions, almost all of the Carson was closed to public use on June 25. The closure was lifted July 10 but restrictions against charcoal or wood campfires remained.
Monday’s announcement said the area around the Sardinas Canyon Fire southeast of Taos will remain closed. Forest Road 76, off N.M. 518, is also still closed along with the La Junta Summer homes and the Duran and Upper La Junta campgrounds.
Forest Road 442 at Gallegos Park is also closed. “Forest officials will continue to evaluate when these roads can be re-opened for public use after the monsoons,” said the news release.