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Rain storms lead to New Mexico reopening WMAs

From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

-- Several  Wildlife Management Areas that were closed because of high fire danger have now been reopened, thanks to recent rain storms across the state. 
 
The reopenings coincide with a decision by the State Forestry Division to lift fire restrictions on nonmunicipal, nonfederal and nontribal lands statewide. The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management also has lifted fire restrictions in many areas of the state.
 
Wildlife Management Areas now open to the public include:
 
* Pecos Canyon properties, including Monastery Lake and the Bert Clancy, Terrero, Mora and Jamie Koch camping and fishing areas.

* Fenton Lake State Park in the Jemez Mountains under Stage II fire restrictions: no campfires, no charcoal fires, no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, no chainsaws, no internal or external combustion engines without a spark-arresting device, no welding, no off-highway vehicles.

*  Seven Springs Fish Hatchery and kids pond north of Fenton Lake in the Jemez Mountains.

*  Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Area along the Middle Rio Grande bosque composed of Bernardo Waterfowl Area, Belen Waterfowl Area and La Joya Waterfowl Area.

*  William S. Huey Wildlife Area north of Artesia.

*  Rio Chama Wildlife Area for fishing, camping, hiking and horseback-riding near Chama.

*  Humphries Wildlife Area for hiking and horseback-riding near Chama.

*  Sargent Wildlife Area for fishing, hiking and horseback-riding near Chama.

*  Colin Neblett Wildlife Area near Eagle Nest will be open for hiking and hunting. Cimarron Canyon State Park has reopened for fishing and camping under Stage II fire restrictions: no campfires, no charcoal fires. check with the park. For updates and more information call (575) 377-6271.

*  Urraca Wildlife Area north of Questa.

*  Barker Wildlife Area northwest of Cimarron.

*  Red River Fish Hatchery campground and parking area.

*   Rio de los Pinos Fishing Area northwest of Tres Piedras.

For the most current information call the fire restrictions hotline at (877)864-6985 or visit www.nmfireinfo.com.

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