SFNF Temporarily Closes Segment of FR 376 for Public Safety
Release Date: Aug 8, 2022
SANTA FE, NM – August 8, 2022 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has implemented a temporary closure for a segment of Forest Road (FR) 376 on the Jemez Ranger District to protect public health and safety from rock and debris fall impacting the Gilman Tunnels. Monsoonal weather patterns and the subsequent runoff have made it an immediate public safety issue. Road crews have removed boulder-sized rocks and debris that have fallen onto the road with the recent rainfall, but more slides and rockfall are anticipated as monsoons and saturated soils continue.
The restricted area extends a half mile north and south of the Gilman Tunnels on FR 376. The area will be closed to motorized and foot traffic. The traveling public is urged to seek alternative routes.
An emergency closure was implemented at 9 a.m. Monday, August 8th and the closure will continue through the remaining monsoon season.
Gates have been closed and signs have been posted to notify the public that this segment of FR 376 is closed to public entry. 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.
The closure order and map will be available on Alerts and Notices on the SFNF website. For more information, contact the Jemez Ranger District at 575-829-3535. Stay up to date on SFNF news by checking the SFNF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.
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