Temporary Closure Order for Sardinas Canyon Fire Reduced

Release Date: Sep 21, 2018  

Taos, NM (September 21, 2018) - For Immediate Release. The Carson National Forest has reduced the temporary closure for the Sardinas Canyon Fire on the Camino Real Ranger District effective 8:00 a.m. September 21, 2018. The reduced area remains closed to protect public life and safety from possible debris flow during heavy rainfall events and fire weakened trees. The temporary closure is in effect until December 31, 2019, unless it is rescinded earlier.

The public is allowed to access much of the area safely including FS road 76 and FS road 442. Forest Service road 1889 and 76E including all spur roads off 1889 and 76E, will remain closed (see closure order and map). Sardinas Canyon Trail #12 remains closed. The public is encourage to be vigilant in this area while flash flooding could occur at any time.

La Junta and Duran Campgrounds remain closed for the season, but the designated camping pullouts along FS road 76 are open.

Under the closure order, people are prohibited from entering or being upon the restricted area and FSR roads. Federal, state and local officers, members of an organized rescue team or firefighting force, and any others authorized by permit are exempt from the closure order. Organizations working under an agreement with the Forest Service may also be allowed to work in areas cleared by the Camino Real Ranger District as safe to enter.

Violation of the closure order is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.

Contact the Camino Real Ranger District for more information 575-587-2255.