The Carson National Forest is in Stage 2 Fire Restriction

Taos, NM (July 10) – For Immediate Release. The Carson National Forest has re-opened, but fire restrictions and a temporary area closure are now in effect.

“Stage 2 fire restrictions are designed to eliminate anything that could potentially start a fire,” said James Duran, Forest Supervisor. “That includes things like campfires, cigarettes and parking in tall grass. The public needs to stay aware and vigilant. We have had some rain, but we are still in a drought.”

Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit the following:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or a wood stove, including fires in developed campgrounds and improved sites
  • Smoking (except within an enclosed vehicle or building)
  • Discharging a firearm (except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations)
  • Operating chainsaws between the hours of 10 am and 6pm
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame
  • Using an explosive. (It is always illegal to use any kind of explosives on National Forest lands.)

In addition to fire restrictions, the area around the Sardinas Canyon Fire (see attached map) will remain closed due to ongoing fire activities and for public safety. Forest Road 76, off Hwy 518, will be closed, including the La Junta Summer homes and the Duran and Upper La Junta campgrounds. Forest Roads 439, 440 and 442 are partially closed. Forest officials will continually evaluate when these roads can be re-opened for public use.

Violation of these restrictions requires a mandatory appearance in federal court, consequent fines up to $10,000, and possible jail time.

Complete fire restriction and area closure information can be found on the Carson National Forest website,

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Click here for a PDF version of this map


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