BLM Albuquerque District Lifts Fire Restrictions (8 Counties and 2.5 Million Acres Effected)


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Albuquerque District Office has suspended fire restrictions on BLM administered public lands.  BLM Albuquerque District Manager Danita Burns announced that as of August 5, 2016, fire restrictions on BLM lands are no longer in effect within Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, McKinley, Sandoval, Socorro, Torrance, and Valencia Counties.

Recent precipitation has reduced fire danger in New Mexico.  The lifting of restrictions allows visitors to build charcoal or wood fires and campfires. Smoking is also allowed outside of vehicles; however, visitors are asked to properly dispose of smoking materials. Backcountry visitors are asked to use caution when parking vehicles where hot exhaust pipes might ignite grass. Visitors are reminded that fireworks are prohibited at all times on all public lands.

The BLM will continue to monitor fire danger across the State, and may implement restrictions again if conditions worsen.

For information, please contact Fire Management Officer Todd Richards at 505-761-8769.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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