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Fire danger prompts state to close some public lands

June 3, 2018 GMT

More public lands in the area are set to close in coming days, including Hyde Memorial State Park in the mountains northeast of Santa Fe, because of dry conditions and extreme fire danger. A public bus route up Hyde Park Road, leading to the state park and the Santa Fe ski basin, also has been suspended.

The State Parks Division on Thursday announced it plans to close Hyde Memorial State Park at 8 a.m. Monday, along with Fenton Lake State Park and Morphy Lake State Park.

The North Central Regional Transit District said its Mountain Trail Route, which offers service from downtown Santa Fe to Ski Santa Fe, would shut down at 8 a.m. Friday.

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In addition, the State Game Commission announced plans to close properties adjoining the Santa Fe National Forest starting at 8 a.m. Friday. Those properties include fishing areas and campgrounds in Pecos Canyon, the Bluebird Wildlife Management Area and portions of the Fenton Lake Wildlife Management Area, according to a news release issued from the state Department of Game and Fish.

The closings, which coincide with the Friday shutdown of the Santa Fe National Forest and several national park sites, prohibit all public access and recreational activities in campgrounds, parking areas, trails and trailheads.

Game and Fish officers will increase patrols on State Game Commission-owned properties, the news release said.

Visitors who had reserved campsites at the Fenton Lake or Hyde Memorial park should contact Reserve America at 877-664-7787 for refunds, the State Parks Division said.

For more information on fire restrictions, visit nmfireinfo.com, nmparks.com and RidetheBlueBus.com.