SANTA FE, New Mexico – May 17, 2022 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will implement a forest-wide program closing order at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2022, prohibiting public access to the entire 1.6 million acre forest due to active wildfires and extreme fire danger. The closure order will remain in effect until December 31, 2022, unless revoked earlier.
Forest managers consider several factors before implementing forest restrictions or closures, including current fire danger and fire activity, local, regional and national fire preparedness levels, weather conditions forecasts, availability of firefighting resources, and economic impacts on businesses and communities. The SFNF coordinates fire restrictions and forest closures with federal, state, tribal and local partners.
All National Forest System lands, recreation sites, roads, trails and trailheads within the boundaries of the SFNF will be closed to the general public. County and state roads that cross Forest Service lands are not under Forest Service jurisdiction and will remain open to vehicular traffic. Local community businesses will remain open for business during the shutdown.
the closing order the imposition of forest-wide Tier 2 fire restrictions remains in effect. Level 2 fire restrictions prohibit the following activities on the SFNF:
- Building, maintaining, assisting or using a fire, campfire or stove fire.
- Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a furnished recreation site, or while stationary in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of vegetation and flammable materials.
- Blast, weld or operate an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
- Use of an explosive of any kind. (Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are still prohibited in state forests.)
- Operate any equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, including chainsaws, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Driving off designated roads. Visitors may park in cleared areas within 10 feet of the roadway or in designated parking areas.
Federal, state, and local officers, members of an organized rescue team or firefighting force, residents using roads to access private property, and anyone else authorized by permit are exempt from the closing order.
Violations of the closure order result in a mandatory appearance in federal court and are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a maximum fine of $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations and/or organizations. or a maximum term of imprisonment of six months, or both.
the Carson National Forest and parts of the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands are also implementing Phase 3 forest closures. Stay up to date on new SFNFs by checking out the SFNF website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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