USFS Closures to be implemented due to the extreme fire danger level

Fire Restrictions will be lifted for Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Effective 7/13/18


Albuquerque, NM, July12, 2018 – Monsoonal activity has increased bringing widespread precipitation across the Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands.  The fire danger level has decreased substantially.  Fire restrictions will be lifted across all districts at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 13. 


Please note that the Las Huertas Picnic Area and the Sandia Cave, both located on the Sandia Ranger district, will remain closed even after the fire restrictions are lifted.  The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is working on State Highway 165; these sites will reopen in approximately two to three weeks when the NMDOT’s work is complete.


Many factors were carefully considered before a decision was made to reopen the Cibola, including current fuel moisture levels, recent and predicted rainfall, lower temperatures and increased humidity.  Although the combination of these factors have reduced the fire danger, the public is encouraged to use extreme caution with campfires.  Drown campfires with plenty of water and make sure they are cold to the touch before you leave the area.


“We know that fire restrictions and closures can cause a significant amount of inconvenience for the public and we greatly appreciate the cooperation that we have received during this time,” said Steve Hattenbach, Forest Supervisor for the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.


The monsoon season can increase the possibility of flash flooding, especially in areas that have been burned. Stay aware of current and predicted weather forecasts and be prepared for dangerous conditions.



State forester places restrictions on state lands in New Mexico

Due to abnormally warm temperatures, low humidity, high winds, and the abundance of dry fine fuels, fire danger throughout much of New Mexico is high. 


Fire incidents for all wildland fire agencies are increasing daily.  


The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Forestry Division, State Forester Donald Griego, has placed the following restrictions on all state lands.

  • Smoking
  • Fireworks
  • Campfires
  • Faring of gas


For more details on these restrictions, go to:



Christmas Tree Permit Sales begin November 13, 2018

Albuquerque, NM – November 5, 2018 – Christmas tree cutting permits will go on sale at several Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands locations.


Trees may be cut in either the Magdalena Ranger District or Mt Taylor Ranger District between November 22 and December 24, 2018. The cost is $10 per tree for trees up to 10 feet. Trees taller than 10 feet will cost an additional $1.00 per foot. The permit may also be used to dig up a living tree. Conifer species such as Pinon and Juniper, Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Blue Spruce, Engelmann Spruce, and Sub-alpine Fir may be cut from designated areas only. A map of the designated areas will be provided with each permit.


Christmas tree permits may be purchased at the following location:


Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Supervisor’s Office

2113 Osuna Road. NE; Albuquerque, NM. Phone: 505.346.3900. Hours: Weekdays 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 11:30 am to 4:00 pm; permits will be issued until December 24.




The Draft Plan and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cibola National Forest Mountain Districts are available for preview on our plan revision website at the following link:

This is a preview of draft documents. It is not a formal release of the draft documents nor a formal scoping period.


Upcoming Board Meetings


December 6, 2018

10:00 AM


December 2018 Agenda
December 2018 Agenda.pdf
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Edgewood SWCD

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Moriarty, New Mexico

(one mile west of Moriarty)

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