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Fire restrictions ordered near Lincoln, Ft. Stanton

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The Roswell Field Office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has ordered fire restrictions on federal land it manages due to high fire danger, the abundance of dry vegetation that can serve as fuels and prolonged drought.

The BLM announced Thursday that the restrictions cover lands within the Ft. Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area, as well as public land tracts surrounding the town of Lincoln.

The restrictions will go into effect at 8 a.m. today and will remain in place until further notice.

Prohibited actions include igniting, building or maintaining a fire, or using charcoal grills, barbecues, or coal and wood-burning stoves, or sheepherder’s stoves. Pressurized liquid or gas devices — such as stoves, grills or lanterns — with shut-off valves are permitted.

Smoking is also prohibited, except in enclosed vehicles or buildings, at a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area barren and cleared of all flammable material within at least 3 feet in diameter.

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The use of exploding targets is already prohibited on all BLM lands.

The purpose of the order is to protect public health and safety. Violation is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment of up to 12 months, or both. Restitution for damages also could be required.

More information is available from the BLM Roswell Field Office at 575-627-0272 or on the BLM website, www.blm.gov, by searching for New Mexico fire restrictions. The website at www.nmfireinfo.com also has information.

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