All fire restrictions lifted on
Cibola National Forest
Cibola National Forest officials have terminated fire restrictions
for the Sandia, Mountainair, Magdalena, and Mt. Taylor Ranger Districts,
as well as the Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. Fire danger
has decreased, due to moisture and higher humidity over much of
the forest. Although restrictions are lifted, visitors are reminded
to be very careful with their campfires and chainsaws.
Forest supervisor Nancy Rose would like to thank the public for
their patience and support during this period of fire restrictions.
“The restrictions effectively minimized fire occurrence, which
could have resulted in high losses. I would like to commend all
our firefighters for maintaining their state of readiness and efficiency
during initial attack efforts on all fires. The community has been
exceptional in supporting the restrictions and closures. We would
like to thank everyone for their patience,” she said.
The public is reminded that campfire safety is still of concern
year-round, and urge everyone to follow fire-safety precautions
when recreating in the forest. If you have a campfire, please abide
by the following rules:
• Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep
slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry grass, pine needles and leaves.
Pile extra wood away from the fire.
• Clear the area down to bare soil.
• Keep your campfire safe and small, especially when it’s
• Never leave your campfire unattended.
• Drown the fire with water and dirt, stir remains, add
more water and dirt, and stir again.
• Do not bury your coals, as they can smolder and reignite
• Make sure your fire is dead out before leaving.
• The use of fireworks of any kind is strictly prohibited
on all national-forest lands.
When planning a trip to your national forest, know before you
go. For current fire-restriction information, please call 1-877-864-6985
or visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/cibola.
For fire restrictions and other fire information for all recreation
sites in New Mexico, log on to http://www.nmfireinfo.com.