Cibola National Forest under major fire restrictions
April 19, 2018 06:46 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The U.S. Forest Service has imposed massive fire restrictions throughout the Cibola National Forest, a strong indication that fire season has arrived in New Mexico.
The decision could have impact outdoor plans.
"The mountain districts, which include Magdalena, Mt. Taylor, Sandia and Mountainair, are in Stage I restrictions currently. Grasslands are in Stage II restrictions," said Brent Davidson, Sandia District fire management officer.
Davidson said in Stage I restrictions, campfires are only allowed in a Forest Service-developed site "such as a picnic ground or a campground, inside the Forest Service fire ring and the grills.
Stage II is far more restrictive. It prohibits campfires of any kind, outdoor smoking and fireworks.
Davidson encourages everyone to stay informed during these dry times to prevent wildfire.
"Check the forest service website before you go out there so you know what the restrictions are, what they mean and what the conditions are out there," he said.
Updated: April 19, 2018 06:46 PM
Created: April 19, 2018 05:34 PM
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