Fenton Lake Closed Due To Safety Issues

Jun 4, 2013

Officials with the New Mexico State Parks division have decided to close Fenton Lake due to safety issues related to firefighting efforts.

Helicopters are using the lake for water to fight the Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez Mountains. The blaze has charred about 7 square miles since being sparked Friday by a downed power line.

The lake will remain closed through June 20, and that may be extended depending on firefighting needs.

A fire burning in the Santa Fe National Forest near Pecos has also forced the closure of the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. Trails north of the Santa Fe ski basin will be inaccessible at the Pecos Wilderness boundary.

Santa Fe forest spokeswoman Dolores Maese says the precautions are being taken to ensure public safety.