Lincoln National Forest in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

The Lincoln National Forest joins other forest and parks in New Mexico who are implementing strict fire restrictions among a flurry of wildfires across the state. The Lincoln National Forest is entering Stage 2 fire restrictions just a week after going into Stage 1 restrictions. 

Under stage 2 fire restrictions the following is prohibited

  1. All fires no matter where you are in the forest. This includes campfires, stove fires, charcoal grills, and briquettes.
  2. Smoking outdoors (Except at a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area cleared of any flammable material for three feet around you.)
  3. Blasting and explosives.
  4. Welding or operating a torch or any kind.
  5. From 9 am to 6 pm, operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited. This type of equipment can sometimes throw sparks when in use.
  6. Fireworks are ALWAYS illegal on National Forests (even when not under fire restrictions.)

“We are taking these restrictions very seriously and will be patrolling the forest,” said Lincoln National Forest Public Affairs Officer Laura Rabon.  

Forest visitors are still permitted to use stoves, grills and lanterns fueled by propane or other liquid petroleum gas (LPG) if they have an on/off switch AND they are in an area cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device. If you plan to visit the forest, be sure to practice One Less Spark vehicle safety guidelines by not dragging chains, checking tire pressure and properly maintaining your brakes.

Forest visitors are asked to use extreme caution when fire restrictions are in place. Failure to comply with fire restrictions can result in a $5,000-$10,000 fine and jail time. If you start a wildfire you can also be held liable for the cost of fighting the fire.

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