City, county announce fire closures

June 7th, 2013 at 2:26 pm by under Wildfires

Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque this afternoon announced new fire closures taking effect on Monday.

Portions of the Rio Grande Bosque and Sandia Mountains Foothills are being closed although some trails remain open.   The county is also closing open-space sites in the East Mountains.

KRQE News 13′s Emily Younger is covering this story for the 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. newscasts and for KRQE.com.

City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County:

Under the partial closure, citizens may still use the levee roads and established trails in the Bosque and Foothills. Citizens should not be off the established trails.

“The use of our citizens is part of the city’s Bosque preservation and Fire Prevention strategy.” Fire Chief James Breen said. “Limited public access maintains a human presence to report fires in the early stages, report suspicious activity and prohibited activities.”

Bernalillo County is closing the following East Mountain open space areas on Monday:

  • Carlito Springs
  • Ojito de San Antonio
  • Sabino Canyon
  • Sedillo Ridge
  • Sandia Knolls

Bosque and Foothill Area Rules

  • Stay on established paths and levee roads
  • Use of river is allowed if access to river is accomplished through established paths and levee roads.
  • Remain on alert.
  • Citizens cannot access Cibola National Forest and Grasslands wilderness from city open space areas.
  • Report suspicious activity to 505-242-COPS
  • Report any fires or other emergencies to 911

Open Burning Ban

  • Open burning has been banned in public and private outdoor areas within the municipal boundaries of the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Open burning
  • Bonfires
  • Recreational fires
  • Use of model rockets
  • Open flame devices
  • Burning may be done in an enclosed chamber devices such as cooking/outdoor grills.

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