Magdalena Ranger District expands fire restrictions in Cibola

........................................................................................................................................................................................

Magdalena
The Cibola National Forest and Grasslands’ Magdalena Ranger District is expanding fire restrictions. Effective 8 a.m. on Monday, June 17, the San Mateo, Datil and Magdalena Mountain units will begin Stage II fire restrictions and the Bear and Gallinas units will begin Stage I fire restrictions.

“The Magdalena Ranger District continues to experience extreme drought conditions that are not expected to change in the near future,” Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman said. “Because of these conditions, I feel it is necessary to expand these fire restrictions to decrease the likelihood of human-caused wildfires and to protect public health and safety.”

“Although the district will be under fire restrictions, there are many activities that the public can still enjoy on the Forest, such as picnicking, hiking and camping,” District Ranger Dennis Aldridge said. “Please use extreme caution when you’re on the Forest, because it is very dry.”
Stage II fire restrictions include:

1.Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove, anywhere on the district.

Exceptions: The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, propane grills, or heating devices is allowed, provided such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specification for safety and has a turn-off valve.

2.Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, at a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

3.Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device.

4.Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun.

5.Operating a chainsaw, or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine.

6.Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device that is properly installed, maintained and in effective working order. They must meet either USDA Forest Service or appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice.

7.Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame.

8.Possessing or using a motor vehicle off National Forest System roads, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway or overnight parking in Forest Service-developed campgrounds and trailheads.

There are exemptions to these restrictions and are noted on the restrictions orders posted in the “Alerts and Notices” section on the Cibola’s web page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/cibola.

Useful fire websites:
Southwest Coordination Center: http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/
New Mexico Fire Information: http://nmfireinfo.com/
National Interagency Fire Center: www.nifc.gov
FireWise: www.firewise.org
Fire Restrictions across the US: http://firerestrictions.us/