Fire Restrictions in place for Lincoln National Forest

Stage 1 Restrictions to be enforced effective June 28

ALAMOGORDO, NM The Lincoln National Forest has implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective June 28 as dry weather and heightened fire danger risk continues.

“These restrictions will help reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires as we enter a time of high fire danger and elevated fire weather conditions,” said Dave Bales, Lincoln National Forest Fire Staff Officer, in a press release. “Criteria such as current and extended weather reports, fuel moistures, fire activity, and available firefighting resources are all a part of the decision-making process.”

The following are prohibited under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:

  • Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire or stove fire, including charcoal grills and briquettes, with the exception of Forest-Service provided fire structures (i.e., metal ring or permanent on-site grill) within developed campgrounds and day-use areas. Propane grills, stoves, and lanterns with an on/off switch are still permitted.
  • Smoking, with the exception of within a closed 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.
  • Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are always prohibited on National Forests.

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

“We appreciate the public’s help in working with us to make sure that our forest, firefighters, and neighboring communities stay safe,” Bales said.

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