Bear Trap Fire Area, Road and Trail Closure Order

Release Date: May 19, 2022

Contact(s): Patricia E. Johnson

Albuquerque, NM, May 19, 2022 – An Area, Road and Trail Closure (Order 03-0728) has been issued for National Forest System lands as described below and as depicted on the Exhibit A map, within the Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest, Socorro County, New Mexico. This Order will be effective on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 12:00 p.m., and shall remain in effect until September 1, 2022, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first. This Order supersedes Order No. 03-0726.

The purpose of this Order is to protect public from wildfire and post wildfire hazards and provide for firefighter safety during wildland fire suppression and emergency operations on the Bear Trap Fire.


The Restricted Area consists of all National Forest System (NFS) lands within the boundary beginning at the National Forest boundary where it intersects with NFS Road (FR) 549 and State Highway 52, then following the Forest boundary in a general south direction to where it intersects with FR 140 and County Road 33, then following FR 140 east to NFS Trail 90 (Post Canyon Trail), then following east along NFS Trails 90, 81 (Teepee Peak trail) and 86 (Cold Canyon trail) to FR 332, then following east along FR 332 to FR 974, then following FR 974 to FR 86, then following FR 86 east to the Forest boundary, then following the Forest boundary in a general northwest, then west, then south direction, back to the point of beginning at the intersection of the Forest boundary at FR 549 at State Highway 52.

The following NFS Roads that access the Restricted Area are closed to through traffic:

  1. Forest Road 549 located at the North and South Forest Boundaries
  2. Forest Road 476 at Forest Boundary
  3. Forest Road 478 entire road
  4. Forest Road 140 entire road
  5. Forest Road 332 entire road
  6. Forest Road 947 entire road
  7. Forest Road 86 entire road
  8. Forest Road 378 at Forest Boundary
  9. Forest Road 330 at Forest Boundary
  10. Forest Road 52 at Forest Boundary

The following NFS Trails are closed:

  1. Trail 28
  2. Trail 63
  3. Trail 64
  4. Trail 65
  5. Trail 31
  6. Trail 36
  7. Trail 37
  8. Trail 38
  9. Trail 43
  10. Trail 81
  11. Trail 86
  12. Trail 90
  13. Trail 91
  14. Trail 92
  15. Trail 369

Any violation of this prohibition is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both (see 16 U.S.C. § 551, 18 U.S.C. § 3571(b)(6), 18 U.S.C. § 3581(b)(7)).

For more information on Bear Trap Fire or this order contact:
Magdalena Ranger District Office: 575-854-2281
Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Supervisor’s Office: 505-346-3900

The official order 03-0728 posted on the Cibola NF & NGs website under Alerts & Notices.

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