All Districts of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands are in Fire Restrictions

Albuquerque, NM, April 19, 2018 – The fire danger level has reached high to very high on all districts of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. Several recent wildfires were caused by unattended campfires! Stage 1 fire restrictions are in place on all of Cibola’s mountain districts, including the Mount Taylor, Magdalena (except for the Gallinas and Bear Mountain Ranges), Mountainair, and Sandia Ranger Districts. The following activities are prohibited:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except in Forest Service developed camp and picnic grounds where grills and stoves are provided by the Forest Service.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  • Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device.

Stage 2 Fire restrictions are in place on the Kiowa (in UNION, MORA, COLFAX COUNTIES in NM), and Rita Blanca National Grasslands (HARDING and DALLAM COUNTIES in TX, CIMMARON COUNTY in OK,), and Black Kettle National Grasslands (ROGER MILLS COUNTY in OK).

The following activities are prohibited:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove. EXCEPTIONS: fires within a permanent structure and (2) persons utilizing petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices that meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • Explosives.
  • Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.
  • Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • Possessing or using a motor vehicle off National Forest System roads, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway or when parking overnight in Forest Service developed campgrounds and trailheads.
  • Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device.

The Lake McClellen (GRAY COUNTY, TX) and Lake Marvin (HEMPHILL COUNTY, TX) National Grasslands are in Stage 1.

These orders will remain in effect until December 31, 2018, or until rescinded. Violations of the fire 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, please contact the Mount Taylor Ranger District at 505-287-8833, Magdalena Ranger District at 575-854-2281, Mountainair Ranger District at 505-847-2990, Sandia Ranger District at 505-281-3304 or the Cibola National Forest at 505-346-3900.

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