Strict fire restrictions in effect for Memorial Day weekend
May 24, 2018 06:52 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map of New Mexico looks ominous heading into Memorial Day weekend with most of the northern areas in exceptional drought – the most severe classification.
According to the Santa Fe National Forest, 41 campfires were abandoned during Memorial Day weekend last year, posing a tremendous threat to lives and property.
State and federal forest agencies are pleading with the public to be extra careful while in the great outdoors and just to be sure are implementing stage two fire restrictions which prohibit: camp and cooking fires, outdoor smoking, welding, chainsaw use, explosives and parking over vegetated areas.
Smokey Bear is even releasing a PSA warning about the dangers of parking over tall grass - a chilling reminder what we all have to lose.
Updated: May 24, 2018 06:52 PM
Created: May 24, 2018 12:41 PM
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