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Whenever you plan to head out on to your public lands, it's always wise to call ahead to the Field Office or Ranger Station that oversees your destination to check on local conditions. Point and click at the interactive map above to search all of the state's recreation sites for phone numbers and other details.

New Mexico Fire News

Open with no restrictions » click to see 363 recreation sites
Open with Stage I restrictions » click to see 5 recreation sites
Open with Stage II restrictions » click to see 11 recreation sites
Closed » click to see 2 recreation sites

ARE YOU PREPARED?
April 2014 Wildfire and Recreation Report for New Mexico
What's Open in New Mexico
New Mexico Fire Restrictions
New Mexico Wildfire Closures
Press Section » official agency Press Releases and/or Restriction and Closure Orders


Latest Fire News

ARE YOU PREPARED?
Any time is a good time to reduce the risk of wildfires. All public land management agencies encourage the use of the following Firewise techniques to avoid damage to your home and property:

• Define your defensible space
• Clean roof and gutters
• Create fuel breaks
• Plant fire resistant plants
• Keep flammables away from home
• Make sure you have spark arresters on all equipment
• Clearly mark access routes
• Maintain an adequate water supply
• Develop and rehearse a fire action plan
• Establish safe burning practices

Contact your local fire department and the following web sites for more information on making your home and property FIRE SAFE:

Public Lands Information Center Fire News
http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/

Firewise Techniques For Homeowners and Communities
http://www.firewise.org

National Interagency Fire Center
http://www.nifc.gov

National Fire Plan
http://www.fireplan.gov

National Wildfire Coordinating Group
http://www.nwcg.gov

Bureau of Land Management
http://www.blm.gov

BLM Environmental Education
http://www.blm.gov/education/

Federal Emergency Management Agency
http://www.fema.gov

U. S. Fire Administration
http://www.usfa.fema.gov





April 2014 Wildfire and Recreation Report for New Mexico
ALL public lands in New Mexico are OPEN.

All wildfires are out.

Please read the notices below and in the press section carefully before you take off for outdoor activities.

And remember, fireworks are ALWAYS illegal on public lands!!




Open for business!

What's Open in New Mexico
All of New Mexico's public lands are open, with no fire restrictions.

Explanation of Fire Restrictions

Fire Restriction Definitions



Stay on the roads in your vehicles or areas with no vegetation; and make sure ATVs have spark arrestors.

New Mexico Fire Restrictions
Different land managing agencies establish their fire restrictions for their lands in different ways. Some use National Forest or Ranger District boundaries, county lines or their agency-based administrative areas. Use the maps found throughout this website to clarify where you might be restricted from using fires. Download the pdf map here to find county or national forest boundaries.

NATIONAL FORESTS AND GRASSLANDS

Carson National Forest is OPEN, with no fire restrictions, on all ranger districts.

Cibola National Forest and Grasslands is OPEN, with no fire restrictions, on all ranger districts.

Gila National Forest is OPEN on all ranger districts. Please remember that closures are still in place related to the Whitewater-Baldy Complex and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. See the Closures section for details.

Lincoln National Forest is OPEN, with no fire restrictions, on all ranger districts.

Santa Fe National Forest is OPEN, with no fire restrictions. However, some campgrounds and trailheads are closed. See Closures below.

Valles Caldera National Preserve is OPEN

NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS

National Parks and Monuments maintain different restrictions on cooking and campfires year round - use the interactive map above to locate individual sites and check the site's page for local restrictions.

All National Parks and Monuments are OPEN

BLM LANDS

All BLM-managed public lands and recreation areas in New Mexico are OPEN, with no fire restrictions.

STATE PARKS

All state lands and recreation areas are OPEN, but many are under fire restrictions.

Bluewater Lake
No Restrictions at this time

Bottomless Lakes
Campfires and charcoal are prohibited. An exception is granted where cooking, heating and lighting devices use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet, or has a water source.Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed RV’s or trailers, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, and on paved or surfaced roads, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

Brantley Lake
Campfires and charcoal are prohibited. An exception is granted where cooking, heating and lighting devices use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet, or has a water source.Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed RV’s or trailers, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, and on paved or surfaced roads, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

Caballo Lake
Campfires and charcoal are prohibited. An exception is granted where cooking, heating and lighting devices use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet, or has a water source.
Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed RV’s or trailers, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, and on paved or surfaced roads, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

Cerrillos Hills
No Fires at Anytime

Cimarron Canyon
Campfires and charcoal are prohibited. An exception is granted where cooking, heating and lighting devices use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet, or has a water source.Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed RV’s or trailers, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, and on paved or surfaced roads, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

City of Rocks
Fires allowed only in agency-built fire rings or grills.

Clayton Lake
Campfires and charcoal are prohibited. An exception is granted where cooking, heating and lighting devices use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet, or has a water source.Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed RV’s or trailers, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, and on paved or surfaced roads, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

Conchas Lake
Campfires and charcoal are prohibited. An exception is granted where cooking, heating and lighting devices use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet, or has a water source.Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed RV’s or trailers, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, and on paved or surfaced roads, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three
feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

Coyote Creek
Fires allowed only in agency-built fire rings or grills

Eagle Nest Lake
Fires allowed only in agency-built fire rings or grills

Elephant Butte Lake
Campfires and charcoal are prohibited. An exception is granted where cooking, heating and lighting devices use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet, or has a water source.Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed RV’s or trailers, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, and on paved or surfaced roads, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three
feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

El Vado Lake
No Restrictions at this time

Fenton Lake
No Restrictions at this time

Heron Lake
No Restrictions at this time

Hyde Memorial
No Restrictions at this time

Leasburg Dam
No Restrictions at this time

Living Desert Zoo
No Fires at Anytime

Manzano Mountains
No Restrictions at this time - Opens April 21, 2014

Mesilla Valley
No Fires at Anytime

Morphy Lake
Fires allowed only in agency-built fire rings or grills

Navajo Lake
No Restrictions at this time

Oasis
Campfires and charcoal are prohibited. An exception is granted where cooking, heating and lighting devices use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet, or has a water source.Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed RV’s or trailers, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, and on paved or surfaced roads, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

Oliver Lee Memorial
No Restrictions at this time

Pancho Villa
No Restrictions at this time

Percha Dam
Campfires and charcoal are prohibited. An exception is granted where cooking, heating and lighting devices use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet, or has a water source.Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed RV’s or trailers, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, and on paved or surfaced roads, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

Rio Grande Nature Center
No Fires at Anytime

Rockhound
No Restrictions at this time

Santa Rosa Lake
No Restrictions at this time

Storrie Lake
No Restrictions at this time

Sugarite Canyon
Campfires and charcoal are prohibited. An exception is granted where cooking, heating and lighting devices use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet, or has a water source.Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed RV’s or trailers, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, and on paved or surfaced roads, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

Sumner Lake
Campfires and charcoal are prohibited. An exception is granted where cooking, heating and lighting devices use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet, or has a water source.Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed RV’s or trailers, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, and on paved or surfaced roads, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

Ute Lake
No Restrictions at this time

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
No Fires at Anytime

Villanueva
No Restrictions at this time



TRIBAL LANDS (BIA)

Although Native American tribal governments cooperate in federal and state fire prevention plans and activities, one should always remember that tribal lands are not public lands.




Explanation of Fire Restrictions

Fire Restriction Definitions


New Mexico Wildfire Closures
Local conditions sometimes require land managers to close access or use of areas within their jurisdiction. ALWAYS check with local offices before venturing out on to New Mexico's public lands.

GILA NATIONAL FOREST

Closures are still in effect due to the Whitewater fire. For Full details on the Closures, please click here.

Campgrounds and Facilities closed:
• Gilita Campground
• Ben Lilly Campground
• Willow Creek Campground and Trailhead
Roads closed:
• Gilita Campground Road (FR 28E)
• No parking or overnight camping is authorized on either side of Catron County Road CAT -C073,
(formerly known as FR 507), on Forest System Lands

Trails closed:
• West Fork Corral Trail (FT 814) is closed
• West Fork Trail (FT 151) is closed from Willow Creek Trailhead to the junction with Forest Trail 30
• Whitewater Baldy Trail (FT 172) is closed from the junction with West Fork Trail (FT 151) west to
the junction with the Crest Trail (FT 182)
• Mogollon Baldy Trail (FT 152) is closed from the junction with Crest Trail (FT 182) to the junction
with Gobbler Canyon Trail (FT 221)
• Gobble Canyon Trail (FT 221) is closed from the junction with Mogollon Baldy Trail (FT 152) to the
junction with Mogollon Trail (FT 153)
• Crest Trail (FT 182) is closed
• Redstone Trail (FT 206) is closed
• Deloche Trail (FT 179) is closed
• Whitewater Creek Trail (FT207 is closed from the Wilderness Boundary to the junction with FT182
at Hummingbird Saddle
• South Fork Whitewater Trail (FT 212 is closed from the Wilderness Boundary to the junction with FT
181 at Camp Creek Saddle
• East Fork Whitewater Trail (FT213) is closed
• Little Whitewater Creek Trail (FT 214) is closed
• Holt Gulch Trail (FT 217) is closed
• Straight Up Trail (FT215) is closed
• Holt Apache Trail (FT 181) is closed
• North Fork Big Dry Creek Trail (FT 225) is closed
• Little Dry Creek Trail (FT 180) is closed
• Rain Creek 74 Mountain Trail (FT 189) is closed from the Rain Creek trailhead north and east to the
junction with Mogollon Trail (FT153)
• West Fork Mogollon Trail (FT 224) is closed
• Golden Link Trail (FT 218) is closed
• Grouse Mountain Trail (FT 781) is closed
• Bead Spring Trail (FT 138) is closed
• Gilita/Middle Fork Trail (FT 157) from the trailhead near Willow Creek, easterly to the Middle Fork
Gila River, just below Snow Lake is closed
• Mogollon Creek Trail FT 153 is closed from Trail Canyon westerly to the junction with Rain Creek
Trail FT 189
• Turkeyfeather Mtn. Trail FT 102 is closed

Wilderness Area Closed:

Boundary between the south fork of Mineral Creek and Gilita Campground and Trailhead .

LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST has CLOSED the following sites:

Access to portions of the Bonito Recreation Corridor off of FS Road 107 which includes established and dispersed campgrounds (South Fork and the Bonito Meadows).
Access to Ski Apache Ski Area.
Access to portions of the White Mountain Wilderness Area from Trail 20 (Rodamaker), Trail 19 (South Fork), Trail 18(Peacock), Trail 33 (Bluefront) and Big Bear Canyon/Forest Service Road 107A.

The following National Forest System Roads on the Smokey Bear Ranger District will be closed to motorized vehicles:
Forest Service Road 598, Philadelphia Canyon, entire length.
Forest Service Road 117, Monjeau, from the Crest Trailhead (Trail 25) to the Monjeau Lookout Tower.
Forest Service Road 600, Kraut Canyon, entire length.
Forest Service Road 601, Littleton Canyon, entire length.
Forest Service Road 107C, Southfork Campground, entire length.

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

The Santa Fe National Forest is OPEN, with no fire restrictions. However, some campgrounds and trailheads are closed.

List of trails within the Jaroso burn - Not Recommended for Travel:

Skyline Trail 251 from Horsethief Meadow to Pecos Baldy Lake

Rito Pero Trail 256 from the Jacks Creek Trail 257 to the Skyline Trail 251

Jacks Creek Trail 257 from the junction of the Dockweiller Trail 259 to Pecos Baldy Lake

Dockweiller Trail 259 from the junction of the Rito Pero Trail 256 to Sebadillosos Trail 245

Horsethief Meadow Trail 253 to the Capulin Trail 158

Sierra Mosca Trail 156 from the Capulin Trail 158 to junction of the Agua Sarca Trail 228

Capulin Trail 158 from Panchuela West to the Rio Medio – closed by debris since 2006

BLM RECREATION SITES

STATE PARKS


Explanation of Fire Restrictions

Fire Restriction Definitions






Not OK to build a fire at an undeveloped campsite. Fishlake National Forest


But just fine to build a fire in this agency-build fire ring. White Horse Lake Campground, Kaibab National Forest

Stage I Restrictions
What's OK To Do - Stage I Restrictions

**Check postings at the campground on arrival for local conditions.**

Open campfires, charcoal grills and stove fires are OK in developed camp sites and picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided. These are usually areas that charge campsite fees. Sometimes, you must get a campfire permit from the ranger or campground host. It's usually OK to use Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters.

Smoke in enclosed buildings, within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, on paved or surfaced roads, within developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

What's Not OK To Do - Stage I Restrictions

Open burning, i.e., burning of cropland, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, or weed burning, is PROHIBITED. At this level of fire restrictions, fire managers may use prescribed fire as a tool to reduce the risk of unwanted wildfire. Agency and tribal Fire Restrictions and Closures apply to undeveloped public lands as well as developed recreation areas.

Fireworks are ALWAYS ILLEGAL on public lands!!


Explanation of Fire Restrictions

Fire Restriction Definitions



Stay on the roads in your vehicles and make sure ATVs have spark arrestors.

Stage II Fire Restrictions
What's OK To Do - Stage II Restrictions

**Check postings at the campground on arrival for local conditions.**

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, or space-heating devices are OK. Be sure to check your gear before heading out to be sure it operates safely. Smoke ONLY inside an enclosed vehicle. Parking at developed campgrounds, picnic and trailheads is OK.

Internal or external combustion engines are OK, but must have properly installed, maintained, and working SPARK ARRESTORS.


What's Not OK To Do - Stage II Restrictions

NO open fires. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, broiler, coal, or wood stove fire is PROHIBITED anywhere in the restricted area, even in developed recreation sites.

NO motor vehicles can go off road, except when parking in an area cleared of vegetation within 10 feet of the road.

Explosives are PROHIBITED.

Operating chainsaws, welding and other equipment powered by internal
combustion engines is usually RESTRICTED as well.

Agency and tribal Fire Restrictions and Closures apply to undeveloped public lands as well as developed recreation areas.

Fireworks are ALWAYS ILLEGAL on public lands!!


Explanation of Fire Restrictions

Fire Restriction Definitions



Prescribed burning in the Caribou National Forest

Prescribed Burning
There are two kinds of fires out on public lands that might cause some smoke:

One is your well-tended and thoroughly-OUT-when-you-leave-it CAMP FIRE and the other is a WILDLAND FIRE - that's any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland.

There are also two types of wildland fires. They are wildfires and prescribed fires.

Wildfires are unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires. Some wildfires that occur naturally, by lightning, can be managed to achieve resource management objectives.

Prescribed fires are planned ignitions. They are ignited by agency personnel to meet specific objectives in order to prevent or reduce the intensity of any future wildfire.

Many agencies and tribes practice prescribed burning to eliminate excess fuels and reduce fire danger. Weather and environmental conditions play a key role in the timing and accomplishment of these projects. People in these areas will see and smell smoke for the duration of the burn; smoke inversions may occur during nighttime hours. As always, firefighter and public safety are the top priority.

Sometimes, naturally caused wildfires are allowed to burn for the same reasons. The objective of any such "managed" fire is to protect, maintain and enhance resources, and, as nearly as possible, allow fire to function in its natural ecological role within defined boundaries.

Before a fire is put into such status, land managers evaluate several criteria. For example, archaeologists and wildlife biologists inspect the area to ensure wildlife habitats and archaeological sites will not be harmed as a result of the fire or management practices. Before a fire can be actively managed, its boundaries and the weather and fuels conditions under which the fire will be allowed to burn are carefully established.

In both cases, agency fire managers follow strict guidelines, monitoring burn conditions and the generation of smoke.


Visit the NOAA website for air quality alerts


USEFUL LINKS FOR INFO ABOUT ACTIVE WILDFIRES

Click here for Active Wildfire Info for Arizona and New Mexico

Click here for Active Wildfire Info for other Western States


USEFUL LINKS FOR FIRE PREVENTION

Click here for info on How NOT To Start A Wildfire

Click here for info on How To Protect Your Home From Wildfire


GET THE KIDS INVOLVED

Click here for Fire Prevention Info From Smokey Bear




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