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Drought, fire danger result in planned closure of Sandia, Mountainair ranger districts

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Forest officials have decided to close the Sandia and Mountainair ranger districts due to continued drought and high fire danger.

The Cibola National Forest issued the closure orders Wednesday. It will take effect Monday and will include the Sandia Peak Ski Area and Crest Scenic Byway.

Ski area officials say they will be delaying the opening of the summer mountain biking season and scenic chairlift rides due to the closure and stage-three fire restrictions that will be imposed next week.

Sandia Peak Tram and the High Finance Restaurant and Deck will not be affected by the closure.

Forest officials say the closures are necessary to protect public health and safety due to the extreme fire danger.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say more hot temperatures are likely through the weekend.

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