San Juan County still suffering from drought conditions | KOB 4

San Juan County still suffering from drought conditions

Diana Castillo
Updated: July 28, 2020 06:53 PM
Created: July 28, 2020 04:51 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M.- The Bureau of Land Management lifted fire restrictions Tuesday morning. 

"The Bureau of Land Management and all lands within New Mexico that we manage lifted the fire restrictions that we had in effect through the summer just primarily due to rain and higher humidity so it allowed us to ease those restrictions," said Teressa Rigby, fire mitigation specialist.

Burn permits allow for open burning. However, San Juan County is not issuing permit because of the dry conditions.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we are not issuing burn permits yet," said San Juan County spokesperson Devin Neeley. "We are constantly monitoring the weather and the drought conditions and right now. The simple fact is a little bit of rain hasn't brought us out of a drought. Half of San Juan County is in extreme drought, half of San Juan county is in severe drought." 

Fire officials plan to meet this week to discuss the future of burn permits within the county.

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