Stage 1 Fire Restrictions still in Place on Mountainair and Sandia Ranger Districts

Albuquerque, NM, July 5, 2016 – Recent moisture across Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands helped to reduce the potential for wildland fires, but forest fuels are still dry enough to burn. A significant amount of saturating rain is needed before fire restrictions can be lifted completely. Stage I fire restrictions remain in place on the Mountainair and Sandia Ranger Districts. The following are prohibited:

· Building or maintaining a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove
· Explosives, fireworks, or any pyrotechnic device
· Smoking, except within a vehicle, building, developed recreation site, or in an area at least 3’ in diameter that contains no grass or flammable material
· Petroleum-fueled stoves, except when used in an area at least 3’ in diameter that contains no grass or flammable material

The Dog Head Fire Temporary Closure Order also remains in place. The following acts are prohibited:

· Going into, or being in the restricted area
· Being on a road within the restricted area
· Being on a trail within the restricted area

The restricted area includes all National Forest System lands, roads, and trails described below:

· Trails 58, 78, 79, 170, 173, 174, 176
· Forest Roads 260, 263, 321, 322, 525, 1157, 55
· Fourth of July Campground

These orders will remain in effect until December 31, 2016, or until rescinded. Violations of this order are punishable by a fine of $5,000 for individuals, $10,000 for organizations, and/or 6 months of imprisonment. If you have any questions about the fire restrictions or the temporary closure, please contact the Mountainair Ranger District at 505-847-2990.

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