Fire restrictions lifted

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Albuquerque District Office has lifted fire restrictions effective July 9 on BLM-administered public lands in Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, McKinley, Sandoval, Socorro, Torrance and Valencia counties.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Albuquerque District Office has lifted fire restrictions effective July 9 on BLM-administered public lands in Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, McKinley, Sandoval, Socorro, Torrance and Valencia counties.

Recent precipitation has reduced fire danger throughout the district.

Wood and charcoal fires are now allowed as is smoking outside vehicles and buildings.  However, all visitors to public lands are asked to continue using caution with any activity that could create a spark or contains a flame.

Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman announced that the Magdalena Ranger District also is rescinding fire restrictions on the district effective today.

“The Magdalena Ranger District has had wide-spread rain, which has greatly reduced the likelihood of large wildfires,” Kohrman said.

The status of the Cibola’s districts are:

Magdalena Ranger District:  Removing all fire restrictions effective July 9, 2014.

Mt. Taylor Ranger District: In Stage II fire restrictions.

Sandia Ranger District: No fire restrictions.

Mountainair Ranger District: In Stage II fire restrictions.

Black Kettle/McClellan Creek National Grasslands: No fire restrictions.

Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands: No fire restrictions.

Kohrman asked visitors to continue to use a great deal of caution when they’re on the forest because conditions are still dry.