The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has issued a closure order for the Redondo Campground on the Jemez Ranger District to protect public health and safety during ongoing fire operations and an unrelated possible exposure to COVID-19.
The closure order went into effect yesterday and will expire at noon April 30, 2021, unless it is rescinded earlier.
The wildfire detected Aug. 10 was caused by an abandoned campfire built in an illegal fire ring. Firefighters contained the fire at less than 2 acres but mop-up continues due to the amount of dry fuels in the area.
At the same time, the Jemez Ranger District was notified of a possible COVID-19 exposure in the campground, which necessitates the need to close the campground for a thorough cleaning and disinfection.
The closure order prohibits members of the public from entering the restricted area, which encompasses the entire Redondo Campground. The campground gate will be locked, and signs will be posted to notify the public of the closure.
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.
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 at SFNF headquarters, the Jemez Ranger District Office and on the SFNF website. All current closure orders are posted on theAlerts and Notices page of the website.