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Gazette Premium Content Rain prompts NM forests to lift some restrictions

Associated Press Updated: July 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three national forests in New Mexico have decided to lift some fire restrictions thanks to recent rains.

The Gila National Forest in southern New Mexico says it will be lifting its fire restrictions Tuesday morning. That means forest visitors will be able to have campfires again in undeveloped areas across the forest.

Forest Supervisor Kelly Russell is still urging visitors to ensure their campfires are cold to the touch before leaving their camp or retiring for the night.

On the Cibola National Forest, rangers were taking down closure barriers on the Sandia Ranger District on Monday. The forested area bordering Albuquerque's eastern edge was closed ahead of the Fourth of July holiday due to high fire danger.

The Lincoln National Forest says restrictions there will be lifted Wednesday morning.

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