Posted at: 07/11/2013 3:40 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski, KOB.com
The Santa Fe National Forest will reopen parts of the forest on Friday.
The forest had been under a full closure due to the high fire danger in the area. The forest is now moving into Stage I fire restrictions.
The areas that have already been inpacted by wildfires (Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge, and Jaroso) will remain closed due to concerns of possible flash flooding downslope from burned areas.
“Monsoonal moisture has minimized the risk of wildfire, although it has not totally eliminated it,” said Deputy Forest Supervisor Joe Norrell, “We will maintain Stage I fire restrictions in all reopened areas. That means campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds.”
Portions of the Pecos Wilderness outside the Jaroso Fire closure will be open including the portion previously closed by the Carson National Forest.
The following areas will be closed year-round due to impacts from the Jaroso Fire:
The boundary of the Jaroso Fire Closure area within the Pecos Wilderness is made up of following segments of trails that will be closed:
· Cave Creek Trail 288 from the junction of the Dockweiler Trail 259 to the junction of Skyline Trail 251
· Skyline Trail 251 to Horsethief Meadow Trail 253
· Horsethief Meadow Trail 253 to Panchuela West Trail 243
· Panchuela West Trail 243 to the Capulin Trail 158
· Capulin Trail 158 to the Cienego Redondo Trail 6
· Cienego RedondoTrail 6 to junction of Agua Sarca Trail 228
· Agua Sarca Trail 228 to the Rio Molino Trail 227
· Rio Molino Trail 227 to the Rio Medio
· The Rio Medio is the boundary from the junction of Trail 227 to the junction of Trail 157
· Rio Medio Trail 157 to Trail 251 on Trail Rider’s Wall
· Trail 251 south to the junction of Jack’s Creek Trail 257
· Jack’s Creek Trail 257 to the Sebadillosos Trail 245
· Sebadillosos Trail 245 to its junction with the Dockweiler Trail 259
· Dockweiler Trail 259 to the junction of Beatty’s Trail 25
· Beatty’s Trail 25 to the junction of Jack’s Creek Trail 257 south of Round Mountain
· Jack’s Creek Trail 257 north to the junction of Dockweiler Trail 259
· Dockweiler Trail 259 south back to the junction of the Cave Creek Trail 288
Additional trails that lead into the Jaroso fire area are also closed:
· Trail 157 from Rio Molino Trailhead to Rio Medio River
· Trail 155 from the Rio Medio Trailhead to the Rio Medio River
· Frijoles Trail 154 from the Santa Fe National Forest boundary to the junction of Capulin Trail 158
· Cave Creek Trail 288 from the Trailhead at Panchuela Campground to the junction of Dockweiler Trail 259
The following campgrounds will be closed from June 30, 2013, to September 30, 2013 due to potential flood impacts from the Jaroso Fire and the closure of NM Highway 63:
Panchuela, Jack’s Creek, Cowles, and Iron Gate
Tres Lagunas Fire Closure
The following areas within the closed area will remain open year-round:
· Forest Service Road 646 (“Davis-Willow Road”): no off-road driving (prism only).
· Davis-Willow campground: you are restricted to the actual campground area (prism only).
The following areas will be closed from June 30, 2013, to September 30, 2013 due to potential flood impacts from the Tres Lagunas Fire:
Holy Ghost Canyon, Lower and Upper Dalton day-use areas, Field Tract, Windy Bridge and Forest Service lands within 100 feet of the water’s edge of the Pecos River. New Mexico State Highway 63 in the Pecos Canyon will remain closed at mile marker 15.
The following areas will be closed from June 30, 2013, to September 30, 2013 due to potential flood impacts from the Thompson Ridge Fire:
The only closure as a result of the Thompson Ridge fire will be a seasonal closure of recreational areas within the Jemez Ranger District which may be flooded by runoff originating from the Thompson Ridge Fire burn scar.
· East Fork River Corridor – Beginning at the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera and ending at the confluence with the San Antonio River at Battleship Rock, the corridor is defined as being one quarter mile from the ordinary high water mark on each bank of the East Fork Jemez River.
· East Fork Trail, Forest Trail 137 beginning at Las Conchas Trailhead and ending at the Battleship Rock Trailhead parking area
· Forest Trail 121 (beginning at NM Highway 4 and ending at the East Fork Jemez River)
· Las Conchas Picnic and Fishing Area
· Las Conchas Trailhead
· East Fork Trailhead
· Jemez Falls Trailhead
· Battleship Rock Trailhead Parking Area
· La Cueva Picnic Area
· Spence Hot Spring Parking Area and Forest Trail 130
Valles Caldera National Preserve Open Areas:
The Valles Caldera National Preserve will resume some fishing, hiking and van tours Friday, July 12 at 8:00 a.m. All visitors must check in at the Valle Grande Staging Area accessible through the main entrance on NM Highway 4. For more information on available activities and programs at the Valles Caldera call 866-382-5537 or go to www.vallescaldera.gov