National Park Service announces Stage II Fire Restrictions beginning May 4, 2022 for El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments

May 4, 2022

Contact: Lisa Dittman, 505-285-4641 ext. 218, lisa_dittman@nps.gov

Grants, NM – As a result of the extreme fire danger, Stage II Fire Restrictions are being implemented in El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments. Stage II restrictions include no campfires or smoking outdoors in the park. These restrictions are in effect beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, and will be enforced until rescinded by Superintendent Kelly Fuhrmann. Park officials feel that the risk to public safety and structures within park boundaries and neighboring communities from a human-caused fire is great enough that these restrictions are necessary.  

The following acts will beprohibited starting at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments until further notice:

  • Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using fires of any kind, including wood and charcoal campfires within developed campgrounds or picnic areas, or permanently improved places of habitation. Stoves fueled by petroleum or Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) fuels are allowed.  
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • Possessing or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices, is prohibited at all times on all federal public lands.

Violation of these prohibited acts is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. For information concerning fire restrictions at El Malpais or El Morro National Monuments call Fire Management Officer Kevin Parrish (505) 285-4641 ext. 235. 

-NPS-

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