JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Valles Caldera National Preserve are lifting fire restrictions, but surrounding areas on the Santa Fe National Forest remain off limits due to post-fire dangers.
Forest supervisor Maria Garcia says safety is the top concern. She says entering the burn area of the Las Conchas fire poses serious risks that include falling trees, rolling rocks and flash flooding threats.
Officials say violations could result in up to $5,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, or both.
At the preserve, officials say recent rainfall has improved conditions and public access to the burned area will be approved by preserve staff on a case by case basis.