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Despite rains, SF National Forest remains closed through weekend

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“The Santa Fe National Forest will remain closed to public access through the 4th of July weekend,” Forest Supervisor Maria T. Garcia said.

The isolated rain showers received over the past week have helped to reduce fire danger and forest officials are considering which parts of the Santa Fe National Forest will be safe to open next week.

“Rainfall and a decrease in fires, does not mean the forest will reopen unless all conditions are safe,” she added.

After the Forest reopens, fire emergency closures will remain in effect for the protection of public health and safety in those areas affected by the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge, and Jaroso fires. Post-fire work continues in the fire affected areas and there is still a concern of flash flooding in many areas downslope of burned areas.

Several years of drought, have left public lands parched and vulnerable to wildfire.  Though summer rain showers are welcomed, they are accompanied by lightning and some of these lightning strikes have resulted in 10 new fire starts. Those fires were suppressed quickly and most of them were less than an acre in size, officials said.