Fire Restrictions on State and Private Lands

Please note: These could be the restrictions put in place by the managers of federal lands. However, individual areas may add restrictions, remove restrictions or change the exemptions based on conditions. For the most detailed and current restrictions and closures for the area you plan to visit, please contact the land manager in that area or visit the South Western Coordination Center website provided by a link on our main page.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS ON STATE AND PRIVATE LANDS

  • Smoking: Allowed only in enclosed buildings, in developed recreation areas, within structures, in vehicles equipped with ashtrays on paved or surfaced roads, and in areas at least three feet in diameter that are barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  • Fireworks: Prohibited in all state and private wildlands outside city or tribal jurisdictions. Wildland areas include lands covered wholly or in part by timber, brush, grass, grain or other flammable vegetation. Exceptions are allowed for fire department approved public exhibits.
  • Campfires: Banned in all open areas including New Mexico State Parks unless the following exceptions are met:
    • For cooking or heating devices that use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of all flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet or has a water source. (For information, contact park managers or visit http://www.nmparks.com).
    • In charcoal grills and wood and coal stoves within yards associated with a residence or on the premises of a business.
  • Open Burning: Open fires are restricted. This includes the burning of cropland, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning or weed burning. There is an exception for open burning on croplands that are irrigated. Persons conducting burns must notify the local fire department, monitor the burn at all times, secure the burn at the end of the day, and follow state air quality rules and local ordinances.
  • Flaring of gas: Prohibited.
    The State Forester grants an exception to flaring of gas when the following conditions are met:

    • At least one adult is on site with communications equipment adequate to reach county dispatch and the local fire department in the event of a fire. The individual should also be equipped with a shovel and a water backpack pump or other equipment to deliver water to suppress a fire.
    • The local fire department and county dispatch are notified at least 24 hours in advance of anticipated releases that will result in flaring. If flaring is done by an automated system then the schedule of flaring shall be provided to the local fire department and county dispatch.
    • Unless the flaring is needed for safety purposes, flaring pursuant to this exception shall not be done on days that are “red flag days” as determined by the National Weather Service or on days when the sustained wind is in excess of 25 miles per hour in the area.

Exemptions

The State Forester may allow exemptions from the above upon receiving a written request and granting subsequent approval in writing. You may apply for an exemption on the Forestry Division website at http://www.nmforestry.com. An exemption does not relieve a person from any civil or criminal liability associated with an uncontrolled fire, including costs associated with wildland fire suppression.

For specific information concerning the restrictions, please see the attached smoking, campfire and open fire restrictions bulletin or view the fire restrictions on the web at www.nmforestry.com. For more information, please call (505) 476-3326.

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