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City of Albuquerque to Close East Mountain Open Space Properties Due to Fire Danger

The City of Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation Department announced that open space properties in the East Mountains are closed as of Friday, June 15, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. due to extreme fire danger. These closures are in conjunction with those announced earlier this week by the Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest. These properties will remain closed indefinitely until the fire danger subsides.

“First and foremost, we want folks to remain vigilant and to be safe in these extremely dry conditions,” stated Mayor Keller. “Our open space properties are fragile right now, and we need to take extra precautions to prevent any fires from flaring up. Please heed all warnings and follow any and all posted restrictions for your own safety and for the safety of others.”

City of Albuquerque Open Space properties that will be closed include: San Antonito, Milne – Gutierrez, Juan Tomas, Tres Pistolas, and Carolino Canyon. Signs will be posted at the entrances to these properties. Anyone who violates the restrictions will be cited for Criminal Trespass. Click here to view a map of the closure areas.

People are urged to call 911 if they see smoke or flames in any of the City’s open space properties. To report violations or suspicious activity, residents should call 242-COPS (2677). For more information on the closures, call 311.

For more information on the closures announced by the U.S. Forest Service, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd583470.pdf.