The Bureau of Land Management Farmington Field Office is initiating emergency fire restrictions on public lands managed by the Farmington Field Office in San Juan County, beginning May 26, 2018, due to high fire potential.  The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Prohibited Acts include:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove other than in developed sites and areas.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, developed sites and areas or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Discharging, using or possessing fireworks.
  • Discharging steel-core, steel-tipped or steel-jacketed firearm ammunition, or using a tracer or incendiary bullet or device.
  • Discharging, using or possessing any combustible or explosive composition, or any substance or combination of substances or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or denotation.  This includes, but is not limited to, fireworks, pyrotechnics or exploding targets.

Exemptions to this order: Any federal, state, local and/or military employee acting within the scope of their duties; members of any rescue or firefighting force performing official duty; and persons, agencies, municipalities or companies with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.

Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for up to 12 months, or both.  Restitution for total costs of fire suppression or damage will be borne by the violator.

The BLM greatly appreciates the public’s cooperation in helping to minimize the number of human-caused wildfires.  For more information, please contact the BLM Farmington Field Office at 505-564-7600.