The Santa Fe Fire Department is imposing additional fire restrictions due to dry conditions. The department says the restrictions are aimed at preserving lives and property during what it calls "emergency conditions." Officials say a persistent drought has resulted in worsening fire danger. The restrictions will be in place until further notice.
Camp fires, pit barbecues, bonfires and all other open burning will be prohibited, along with the burning of weeds and trash. The use of charcoal barbecue grills in public parks and in recreation areas is also prohibited. Smoking in parks, recreation areas or on any public trail is forbidden. The restrictions also put firecrackers, bottle rockets and numerous other fireworks off limits.
Violating the restrictions could result in fines up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.