Santa Fe National Forest Lifts Forest-Wide Restrictions June 24


The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will lift both Stage 2 and Stage 3 fire restrictions for most of the 1.6-million-acre forest at 8 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2022, thanks to the early onset of monsoonal weather patterns which have brought widespread moisture across Northern New Mexico.

The closure order for the Cerro Pelado fire area on the Jemez Ranger District will remain in effect. The entire Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District will also remain under a fire closure order as firefighters continue to work on the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires. Although recent rains have significantly moderated fire behavior, the fire is 72% contained and could become active again if dry conditions and critical fire weather return. Persistent precipitation may also put communities in the fire area at risk for flash flooding and debris flow from the fire scar. The Pecos/Las Vegas District may be able to safely open portions of the east side of the district to the public in the near future.

Forest managers consider several factors before lifting fire restrictions, including current fire danger and fire activity, current and predicted weather, fuel moisture levels, availability of firefighting resources, and local, regional and national fire preparedness levels.

With the termination of both Stage 2 and Stage 3 fire restrictions, visitors are once again welcome to recreate on the SFNF. National Forest System lands, recreation sites, roads, trails and trailheads on the Coyote, Cuba and Española Ranger Districts as well as areas on the Jemez Ranger District not impacted by the Cerro Pelado Fire will be open to the general public, and campfires will be allowed.

If you plan to visit the SFNF, please know before you gorecreate responsibly, and follow Leave No Trace principles. Stay up to date on SFNF news by checking the SFNF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.