Rain prompts Gila Forest to lift restrictions

Recreation sites reopen in Gila National Forest

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) – Two 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.

Forecasters say widespread showers are expected this week over much of New Mexico.

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