- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Recent rains have helped to reduce the potential for wildfires in central New Mexico, but officials on the Cibola National Forest say things are still dry enough to burn.

Officials say fire restrictions are still in place on the Mountainair and Sandia ranger districts given that it will take a significant amount of saturating rain before restrictions can be lifted.

Campfires and wood stoves are prohibited under the stage one restrictions. Explosives, fireworks and any pyrotechnic devices also are off-limits.

Forest officials also say several trails and roads are restricted on the Mountainair district in the wake of a human-caused wildfire that charred about 28 square miles of the Manzano Mountains and destroyed a dozen homes.

The closure orders could remain in effect for months.

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