To prevent fires, Ruidoso business offers option for smokers
May 30, 2018 07:04 PM
RUIDOSO, N.M. – With the dry weather, the Village of Ruidoso is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Smoking outside will land offenders with a $500 fine.
But a big, yellow school bus is helping keep smokers out of trouble.
"No charcoal, no fireworks, no campfires. But a big issue we're running into about getting the word out, is there's no outdoor smoking in the village," said Cody Thetford, chief of the Ruidoso Fire Department.
Thetford said smoking is allowed inside a car or a house, but some businesses restrict anyone from lighting up inside. Since no one can smoke outside or inside the Win Place & Show bar, the owners bought a school bus from Roswell and parked it in front of their bar.
"We have a lot of people from all over coming up here to smoke in the bus because they can't smoke in the T-shirt shops or the clothing stores, so I just leave it wide open for everybody to use at their convenience," said Eddie Fowler, co-owner and president of the Win Place & Show.
Fowler said the bus has been out there for about seven years but wasn't used in the last three years because it wasn't needed. Once Stage 2 fire restrictions are put in place, the bus is opened to the public.
Thetford said it's completely safe, and he thinks having more buses scattered around town would be a great idea.
"It just says we're trying to be safe but we also want you to have a good time and do what you want to do in town," he said
Thetford and Fowler said the bus attracts a lot of attention from tourists and at the same time, informs them about the fire restrictions.
Thetford said this helps reduce the chances of a human-caused fire from happening. The whole community and tourists need to work together to prevent fires. That's the whole point, Thetford said.
He said any tourists who have questions about what they can and can't do while fire restrictions are in place, can visit the fire station located at 541 Sudderth Dr.
Updated: May 30, 2018 07:04 PM
Created: May 30, 2018 07:01 PM
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