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Breaking: Fire Danger To Close Sandias

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A large portion of the Sandia Mountains is expected to close Monday.
“We are in extreme fire danger that we’ve never seen before,”  said Sandia District Ranger Cid Morgan.
All picnic areas along the Sandia Crest Highway (N.M. 536) should remain open except for Nine Mile and Cienega Picnic Ground, but all back country hiking trails will be closed. The Foothill Trail will remain open.
Karen Takai, fire information officer for the Sandia Ranger District, said N.M. 165 will be closed from Placitas to the Balsam Glade Picnic Area except by special permit.
Takai emphasized that the trail closures will including the popular La Luz Trail and the trail between the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway and Sandia Peak.
The tram and the peak will remain open.


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