- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

CANJILON, N.M. (AP) - The Carson National Forest has closed one of its campgrounds in northern New Mexico due to the hazard presented by numerous dead and falling trees.

Pests and diseases such as root rot and cankers have killed many trees in the Canjilon Lakes campground over the last several years. Officials say the hazard was made worse by a recent wind event that broke the tops of several trees.

Canjilon Ranger District and forest personnel are busying taking down more than 2,500 aspen, fir and spruce trees to minimize the potential of them falling on people, picnic tables, vehicles or trailers.

Officials say the closure could last for the next couple of weeks as crews work to clear the trees.

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