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County Commission Votes to Ban Open Burning in Unincorporated Bernalillo County

04/11/2018

                                                                                   Current severe drought conditions create need for ban.

The Bernalillo County Commission voted at its administrative meeting on April 10, 2018, on a resolution to ban the use of open fires, campfires, and smoking in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County for the next 180 days.

The fire danger across Bernalillo County is expected to be very high to extreme with the fire season starting earlier than normal. This is due to current severe drought conditions, above normal temperatures, below normal precipitation, and snow pack well below normal with an average of 50 percent or more below normal.

“This ban is necessary to reduce the risk of wildland fires, which pose a threat to life, property, vegetation, and timber,” says Bernalillo County Fire Marshal Keith Clark. “The county may issue additional resolutions if extreme or severe drought conditions warrant those revisions.”

Colfax County, Lincoln County and Curry County have already imposed burn bans this fire season.

The U.S. Forest Service has placed stage I restrictions for the Southwest Area which includes New Mexico.

For more information on stage I restrictions go to https://firerestrictions.us/stage/sw/stage-i/

Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed buildings, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, and on paved or surfaced roads, developed recreation sites, or while stopping in an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material within the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County.

Campfires and recreational fires are prohibited.

Heating and cooking fires are banned except when using UL listed appliances, cooking or heating devices which use kerosene, white gas, or propane as a fuel and only in an improved camping area that is cleared of flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet and has a water source.

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