Enjoy your National Forest this Memorial Day Weekend

Albuquerque, NM, May 23, 2018 – As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, people are encouraged to visit Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands to enjoy one of the many recreational opportunities available – a picnic, hike, or drive to enjoy the scenic beauty.  The forest remains open.  No fire related closures are in effect but the potential for wildfires still exists.  Recent rains brought much needed moisture to many parts of the Cibola, but not enough to lower the fire danger level significantly.  Stage II fire restrictions are in place on the majority of Cibola’s mountain and grassland districts.  Know before you go!

During Stage II restriction, you may not:

  • Build, maintain, attend, or use a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove INCLUDING fires in developed campgrounds or picnic area.
  • Smoke, EXCEPT inside a vehicle, building, or a developed recreation site while in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of vegetation and flammable materials.
  • Possess, discharge, or use any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device.
  • Operate a chainsaw or other equipment from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Discharge a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun
  • Weld or operate a torch or device with an open flame.
  • Possess or use a motor vehicle off of the road, EXCEPT when parking in an area that is within 10 feet of the road with no vegetation, or parking overnight in a campground or trailhead.
  • Operate or use an internal or external combustion engine without a spark arrester.
  • Use explosives.

All offices will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday and will reopen on Tuesday, May 29, at regular business hours.  Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/cibola/fire for more information.  To find current fire restrictions in other areas visit http://www.firerestrictions.us.  Everyone has a part in helping to prevent wildfires.  Please be fire safe as you enjoy your holiday weekend.

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