• Reminder: Do Not Plan to Visit Pecos Canyon over the Fourth of July


SANTA FE — Don’t plan to celebrate Independence Day in the Pecos Canyon corridor, according to an announcement from the U.S. Forest Service.

The popular area is still under a closure order to for public safety during fire suppression repair and potential post-fire impacts, including flash flooding and debris flow.

Members of the public who are within the boundaries of the Pecos/Las Vegas District this weekend will be in violation of the order, a Class B misdemeanor that carries a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.

Although the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires are 93% contained, suppression repair is ongoing, and predicted weekend precipitation on the already-saturated landscape raises the risk of flash flooding and other post-fire impacts, the announcement said.

Current fire information for the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires is posted on these online platforms: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/; https://www.facebook.com/CalfCanyonHermitsPeak; nmfireinfo.com; tinyurl.com/HermitsYouTube and Santa Fe NF.