Due to increasing fire danger and to prevent human-caused ignitions, the Bureau of Land Management will implement fire restrictions on BLM-managed lands in New Mexico beginning May 20 at 12:01 a.m.
Prohibitions, according to a press release issued Tuesday, include: use of campfires or charcoal; smoking outside of a vehicle, enclosed building or areas free of flammable materials; fireworks and pyrotechnic devices; any type of aerial luminary; and off-highway vehicle (OHV) use except in designated OHV areas.
In addition, the following activities require individuals to have a fire extinguisher or 5 gallons of water and a round-nose shovel of 36” minimum length: recreational target shooting, welding, cutting or grinding metal, and using chainsaws or other internal or external combustion engines.
Spark arresters approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Society of Automotive Engineers are required on chainsaws and all other small internal and external combustion engines.
“We want everyone to continue to use public lands, but at this time of increasing fire danger, we need to take all precautions to prevent wildfires from accidental or careless actions,” said BLM New Mexico State Director Timothy Spisak.
The full order can be viewed at the BLM NM Fire Restrictions site: https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/new-mexico/fire-restrictions.
Additional fire restriction information can be found at www.nmfireinfo.com or https://firerestrictions.us/nm/.
Violations of the order are a Class A misdemeanor and are subject to fines of not more than $100,000 or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both.
Restitution for total costs of fire suppression or damage will be borne by the violator, the press release states.
For more information about this and other BLM fire restrictions in New Mexico, contact Fire Education and Mitigation Specialist Teresa Rigby at 505-954-2256 or visit www.nmfireinfo.com.