Next Thursday May 12 at 8:00 am the entire Lincoln National Forest (including all three districts) will be closed to the public due to extreme fire danger. All National Forest System roads and trails will be closed, but all interstate highways, state and county roads through the forest will remain open, according to a U.S. Forest Service statement. The Forest Service has also stated that campfire and smoking restrictions have been effective minimizing the number of fires, but the forest is at the point that it cannot afford the risk of any human-caused fires.
|Firefighter cuts up a down tree to minimize fire fuel. Photo Credit: Deanna Younger|
Officials will reopen the forest once enough rain falls which should be around mid-July, when seasonal monsoon rain showers begin.
The 1.1-million-acre forest, spans four counties, and receives between half a million and 3 million visitors and people passing through every summer.
All of this happens as the Huge Fort Davis Fire is finally extinguished and it appears the region is getting rain today. Trails in Parks in Texas are beginning to reopen…but New Mexico seems to be getting worse. Lets continue to pray for rain in the southwest.
Some of the places I have visited that will be inaccessible:
Sitting Bull Falls
Via: Extreme fire risk will shut Lincoln forest
Fort Davis – Rockhouse Fire 100% Contained – Area Trails and Parks Reopen
Fire destroys Parts of Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area
Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area Closed Due to Last Chance Fire
Last Chance Fire Burns in the Guadalupe Mountains
Madera Canyon Trail Closed Due to Fire Danger
Fort Davis Fire Photos – A Special Week in Review
Davis Mountians State Park Closed Until May 1st.
Davis Mountains Wildfire Update – April 12, 2011
Fire Destroys Parts of Davis Mountains State Park in Texas
Areas of Big Bend National Park Closed Due to Fire Danger
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