Carson National Forest to Implement Stage I Fire Restrictions May 7

Due to increasingly dry conditions and anticipated low moisture levels in weather forecasts, the Carson National Forest will implement forest-wide Stage I fire restrictions effective Monday, May 7 at 8:00 a.m. The Stage I fire restrictions will remain in effect across the Carson National Forest until rescinded.

Under Stage I restrictions:

  • Fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided.
  • Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed (undeveloped) camping sites.
  • Stoves, lanterns or heaters fueled by propane or other liquefied petroleum fuel may be used in areas cleared of flammable materials within three feet of the device, if they meet manufacturer’s safety specifications and have on/off switches.
  • Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles or buildings and developed recreation sites.
  • Chainsaw use is permitted as long as they have spark arresters.
  • Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forests.

Forest officials would like to remind visitors to use extreme caution when recreating on all public lands throughout the fire season. “We invite the public to enjoy all that the Carson National Forest has to offer while being careful not to cause a wildfire,” said James Duran, forest supervisor. To report a wildfire or smoke on the Carson National Forest, please call the Taos Interagency Dispatch Center at 575-758-6208.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are intended to enhance public safety, protect natural and cultural resources, and help prevent human-caused fires. Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including fire activity levels, current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, and the availability of firefighting resources. Additional restrictions may be required if conditions warrant.

For more information, contact the Carson National Forest at 575-758-6200, visit our webpage:, or follow us on Facebook:

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