BLM To Impose Fire Restrictions In 2 NM Districts

May 8, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management is planning to enact fire restrictions across more than 6 million acres of federal land in New Mexico.

Officials say the restrictions will take effect Saturday. They will cover 15 counties that span parts of eastern and southern New Mexico.

Little rainfall, low humidity levels and above-average temperatures are prompting the need for restrictions. Officials say they're aimed at preventing wildfires and ensuring public and firefighter safety.

Under the restrictions, campfires will be allowed only where there are metal fire rings or metal grills. Charcoal, coal or wood stoves can be used only in develop campsites or picnic areas.

Smoking will be limited to developed recreation sites, inside buildings or enclosed vehicles.

Violating the restrictions could lead to a fine of up to $1,000.