Carson National Forest Closes Access to Pecos Wilderness

Release Date: Jun 13, 2013  

Carson National Forest Closes Access to Pecos Wilderness

 

Taos, NM, June 13, 2013 -  The 3,500-acre Jaroso Fire on the Pecos Wilderness of the Santa Fe National Forest has prompted the decision to close Camino Real Ranger District’s trails which access the  Pecos Wilderness on the Carson National Forest.   This includes the San Leoandro Trail #30, Trampas Trail #31, Santa Barbara Trail #24, Serpent Lake/Alamitos Trail #19 and Ripley Point Trail #36.  This order went into effect at 8:00 a.m. today and prohibits going into or being upon the restricted areas.

The entire Pecos Wilderness has been closed on both the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests. The unprecedented fire behavior of the Jaroso Fire, the dry conditions and heavy fuel loadings has contributed to the extreme fire danger in the area.

Violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

Remember you can still Visit, Hike, Fish and Camp on the Carson National Forest provided you observe all Stage I Fire Restrictions and Closure Orders.    As these high fire danger levels persist please practice campfire safety by making sure your fire is DEAD OUT!

For fire restriction information, call 1-877-864-6985 or visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/carson/or www.nmfireinfo.com.  Information on the Jaroso Fire can also be found on www.nmfireinfo.com or by calling the Santa Fe National Forest at (505) 438-5321.

Map of Pecos Wilderness Closure.

 

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