- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

CORRALES, N.M. (AP) - Corrales officials say they will be temporarily closing the wooded area along the Rio Grande within village limits due to continued drought and increased fire danger.

The closure will take effect Wednesday morning. The area is expected to reopen on July 9.

Corrales Mayor Scott Kominiak says two recent fires near the bosque led to the decision to close the area. He says protection of the bosque and the citizens of Corrales are first and foremost.

With the closure, no visitors will be allowed in the bosque or on the ditch bank closest to the river. Officials say signs will be posted notifying visitors of the closure.

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