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SFNF Issues Closure Order for Group Recreation Sites

By SFNF 

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued a closure order that extends the closure of four group recreation sites in compliance with the restrictions on mass gatherings in the current New Mexico state public health order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The closure order will be in effect from 8 a.m. June 27 to July 31, 2020, unless it is rescinded earlier.

The order applies to the Clear Creek Group Campground on the Cuba Ranger District, the Jemez Falls Group Picnic Site and Paliza Group Campground on the Jemez Ranger District, and the Holy Ghost Group Campground on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.

The SFNF reopened most developed campgrounds on June 15 under Stage 2 fire restrictions, which prohibit all campfires and charcoal grills. Visitors to the forest should follow federal guidelines and state public health orders to contain COVID-19, including wearing masks, social distancing and limiting group size.

Federal, state and local officers, members of an organized rescue team or firefighting force, and any others authorized by Forest Service permit are exempt from the closure order.

Signs will be posted to notify the public of the closures. Violation of the closure order is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.

The closure order and map are available on the SFNF website. All current closure orders are posted on the Alerts and Notices page of the website.

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