Magdalena Ranger District elevates to Stage I and II Fire Restrictions across the District

Albuquerque, NM, May 23, 2018 – Current conditions and fire danger on the Magdalena Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands have necessitated an increase in fire restrictions across all mountain ranges. Effective May 25, 2018, the San Mateo, Datil and Magdalena Mountain ranges will begin Stage II Fire Restrictions. The Gallinas and Bear Mountain ranges will enter Stage I Fire Restrictions.

“Fire restrictions are put into place after careful coordination between Forest Service officials who consider multiple factors in a geographical area with the goal of minimizing human-caused fires during the peak fire season,” said Matt Rau, Fire Management Staff Officer.

Under Stage II Fire Restrictions, the following are prohibited:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove; 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 cleared of all flammable material.
  • Using explosives. (Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forests).
  • 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 and motorized trails (as shown on the motorized vehicle use map).
  • Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.
  • Operating a chainsaw, or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Under Stage I Fire 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 for use.
  • Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites.
  • Stoves, lanterns or heaters fueled by propane or other liquefied petroleum fuels 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.

For more information about the fire restrictions, please contact the Magdalena Ranger District during regular business hours at 575-854-2281 or the Cibola National Forest at 505-346-3900. You may also visit Twitter:@Cibola_NF, and http://www.facebook.com/cibolanf.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. Fire restrictions in New Mexico can be found at https://firerestrictions.us/nm/ and fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com

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