Sandia Mountains to reopen Monday afternoon

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Sandias are no longer off limits.

The ranger district is lifting closures in parts of the Cibola National Forest because of the recent rain.

However, the National Weather Service says that doesn’t mean we’re in the clear yet.

Rangers say they’re in the process of taking down barriers as we speak, and people should have access to places in the Sandias this afternoon. That includes popular trails like La Luz.

It couldn’t have happened without recent rainfall.

The National Weather Service says the state has gotten at least a third to a half an inch of rain.
In some areas, one to two inches.

That said, 98 percent of the state is still considered to be in a drought and 88 percent is seeing severe drought conditions.

The National Weather Service says when it comes to fire danger, residents need to track where it rained because there are some areas that could still burn easily.

“Up in the mountains, we have both fine fuels and heavy fuels. The fine fuels are like the grasses and they respond very quickly to an increase in moisture. That said, we still have fuels, especially in the higher terrain that could burn very easily,” said Deidre Kann of the National Weather Service.

The Manzanos are still closed, but officials are talking about changing that.

The National Weather Service says the eastern part of the state got a good amount of rain in June, but the western part is still hurting.

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