ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Sandia Ranger District officials say recent rains in the metro area could play a role in the decision to re-open hiking, camping and forest areas in the Sandia Mountains. The areas were closed off in June because of the dry and dangerous conditions could increase forest fire potential.
"The component of the fuels that we call the half hour or the flashy fuels, the half hour short lifetime fuels, they can dry out very quickly, since they are quite wet at this time, things are looking good" says John Helmich from the Sandia Ranger District.
That means the closed off areas could go to a full opening based on more precipitation in the areas of the east mountains. It was back in early June when the Sandias were closed off to the public, that includes popular biking, hiking and camping areas. This also includes closing the road going up to Sandia Crest.
Sandia Ranger District officials say that so far, people who are going up into the Sandias have complied by not going into restricted areas. These closures are still in effect, anybody caught going in areas where they shouldn't could face fines of at least $100.
The Sandia Peak Tramway is still open and people can go to the top, however you cannot go off on any of the trails up there.
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