Fire restrictions implemented around New Mexico
April 11, 2018 06:50 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Increasing heat and drought conditions are prompting fire restrictions across New Mexico.
Santa Fe National Forest officials say forest-wide stage one fire restrictions will go into effect Friday at 8 a.m. Both the Mountainair and Sandia Ranger Districts will put fire restrictions in place starting April 18.
That means the use of a fire, campfire, or stove fire outside of Forest Service developed camps and picnic grounds is strictly prohibited. Smoking is also prohibited outside of enclosed vehicles or buildings, or recreation sites with flammable material within a three-foot radius.
Fireworks are also prohibited. The restrictions will remain in effect through the end of the year. Violators could be fined and face time behind bars.
Stage One fire restrictions are always in effect in the city of Albuquerque. On Tuesday, the Bernalillo County Commission ordered a ban on the use of open fires, campfires, and smoking in unincorporated areas of the county.
According to KOB Chief Meteorologist Jorge Torres, critical fire weather conditions are expected Wednesday and Thursday with winds increasing on Thursday. Check fire information and restrictions across New Mexico here.
Anyone with questions on the restrictions should call:
- Mountainair Ranger District at (505) 847-2990
- Sandia Ranger District at (505) 281-3304
- Cibola National Forest at (505) 346-3900
- Santa Fe National Forest Public Affairs Office (505) 438-5320
Updated: April 11, 2018 06:50 PM
Created: April 11, 2018 11:19 AM
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