Lincoln National Forest in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

ALAMOGORDO, NM – April 16, 2021 – The Lincoln National Forest implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective Friday, April 16, 2021, due to high fire danger and ongoing drought conditions.  The increased fire danger is due to insufficient moisture and dry fuel conditions across the forest.

“Fire officials use several criteria to determine when to modify fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, fuel moistures, fire activity, and available firefighting resources. The purpose of these restrictions is to reduce the risk of unwanted human-caused wildfires during periods of high fire danger and elevated fire weather conditions,” explained Fire Staff Officer David Bales.

Under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following are prohibited on the Lincoln National Forest, which covers 1.1 million acres in southern New Mexico.

  1. Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including charcoal grills and briquettes, except in a Forest Service-provided fire structure (i.e., metal ring, permeant on-site grill) within developed campgrounds and day-use areas. Propane grills, stoves, and lanterns with an on/off switch are still permitted.
  2. 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 barren or cleared of any flammable material.
  3. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are ALWAYS prohibited on National Forests.

Violators of the above restrictions are subject to fines and/or imprisonment.

“We appreciate the public’s cooperation to help keep our forest, firefighters and local communities safe,” stated Forest Supervisor Travis Moseley. “Campfires and charcoal fires in developed campgrounds and picnic areas are allowed but only in Forest Service rings and BBQs. Propane grills are also still allowed, however open fires in any other part of the forest are prohibited.”

According to the National Interagency Fire Center who issues wildfire forecasts for multiple land management agencies, including the Forest Service, the Lincoln National Forest is forecasted to have above-normal wildfire potential through June.

A new Southwest Area Fire Restrictions Map was recently released. The map is a culmination of work from federal, state, and local agencies who hope to explain to the public where it is safe to have fires and where it’s not. The map shows all fire restrictions in New Mexico and Arizona, regardless of jurisdiction.

Abandoned campfires continue to be a major cause of wildfires each year. Always keep enough water on hand, and a tool to drown and stir fires. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave. Learn about campfire safety and prevention tips.

For more information on Lincoln National Forest fire activity and restrictions, visit our website or call your local Forest Service district offices.

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