Santa Fe National Forest To Lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions June 30

SANTA FE, NM – June 29, 2021 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will lift campfire, welding and smoking restrictions effective 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2021, based on the apparent early arrival of the seasonal summer monsoons, accompanied by higher relative humidities and lower temperatures which have reduced fire danger across Northern New Mexico.

The forest implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions on June 17 to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire during extreme drought conditions, low fuel moisture levels and high fire danger. The Carson National Forest implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions at the same time and will also lift restrictions on Wednesday.

Forest managers use several criteria to determine when to lift fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, fire danger indices, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources. The National Weather Service is forecasting “abundant monsoon moisture” with a daily pattern of scattered showers and thunderstorms through this week and potentially continuing well into July.  Please be aware that the active monsoon pattern in place also raises the risk of flash flooding, particularly in burn scars, arroyos and other low-lying areas.

“We want to thank the vast majority of our visitors who have been willing to comply with fire restrictions and forego their campfires in dispersed camping areas,” Forest Supervisor Debbie Cress said. “Although much of Northern New Mexico is still in drought, recent moisture has eased the conditions that led to restrictions and decreased our fire danger. We are pleased to be able to lift the restrictions before the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.”

Although Stage I restrictions on campfires and smoking will be lifted, forest managers urge visitors to continue to use extreme caution around campfires and other potential ignition sources by following campfire safety procedures. Never leave your campsite until the fire is completely extinguished and cold to the touch. Violators of regulations that prohibit abandoning a campfire are subject to a fine and/or imprisonment. If an abandoned campfire causes a wildfire, violators can also be held responsible for fire suppression costs.

The order terminating Stage 1 fire restrictions will be posted on the SFNF website. Stay up to date on SFNF news by checking the SFNF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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