September 30, 2016

Stage 3 Fire Restrictions Still In Effect

Carson National ForestStage 3 fire restrictions are still in effect for Carson National Forest. Stage 3 fire restrictions mean that the forest is off limits to ALL activities, including off-roading, hiking, biking and horseback riding. For further information please call 877-864-6985.

“Public safety is and will always be our top priority,” said Tommy Mutz, Division Director for New Mexico State Parks. “We will reopen to the public when sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce extremely dry conditions and reduce the risk of wildfire.”

  • No building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, wood or charcoal burning stove or grill in dispersed areas. Propanoves and grills are allowed in Developed Recreation Sites.
  • Smoking is allowed only in vehicles or inside buildings.
  • No possession or discharging of any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device. Fireworks are always banned from the National Forest
  • No use of any explosives.
  • No chainsaw use or other internal/external combustion engine use between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • All internal or external combustion engines must have a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.
  • No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • No motor vehicle use off-road on federal lands, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway. This includes ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles. The Track Fire was thought to have started by an off-roading ATV.

Violating any state law, that specifically concerns burning, fires, or that which is for the purpose of preventing or restricting the spread of fire.Violations of these regulations is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both.

State Parks

Morphy Lake, Coyote Creek and Cimmarron Canyon State Parks will be closed due to extreme fire danger.

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