Hikers happy to see bosque re-open

Posted at: 07/16/2013 6:31 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New Mexicans love to get outdoors and hike. So it’s no surprise KOB Eyewitness News 4 found hikers waiting to get on trails Tuesday morning as fire restrictions were lifted because of recent rain.

For the past month signs stopped hikers from enjoying parts of the Sandias. “We’re waiting for it to open,” said Lee Biby. Biby found out about the re-opening of the Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest on KOB’s morning newscast.

The trails opened at 8 a.m. Biby got there at 7:30. “We jumped I the car and come out here,” added Biby.

He wasn’t the only one either. KOB found hikers standing by, waiting for the clock to strike 8. “It’s just wonderful to come up here,” said John Muniz.

Fire officials forced part of the forest to close on June 10th because of the drought. But with the recent rain, they decided to reopen it.

The same goes for the entire Rio Grande bosque. “We use it continuously,” said Marlene Naranjo. Naranjo is one of the hundreds of people who use the bosque every day.

But for the past month, certain parts were closed because of fire danger. “It’s nice to be at one point in the walk, we thought we were in another state. It’s lush, lots of vegetation. It’s really beautiful,” said Brett Baiamonte.

Albuquerque Fire Department also downgraded the fire restrictions on the bosque to a stage one. That’s the lowest risk possible. But they want to make it clear, even with all this rain, fires are still a threat.