May 4, 2018
Los Alamos, NM, Jemez Springs, NM, Pecos, NM, & Watrous, NM – Due to the increased risk of wildfire in the region, the Pueblo Parks Group, which includes Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Pecos National Historical Park and Fort Union National Monument, will enter Stage II fire restrictions on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 8:00 AM. These restrictions are necessary to help land management agencies reduce fire risk and prevent wildfires.
National Park Service’s Pueblo Parks Group Implements Stage II Fire Restrictions
Under Stage II restrictions:
- All fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves. The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, propane grills, or heating devices is allowed three feet or more from flammable material such as grasses or pine needles.
- Smoking is prohibited, except in enclosed vehicles or buildings.
- Welding or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame is prohibited.
- Operating or using any internal combustion engine off of paved or graveled roads is prohibited. Generators are allowed if equipped with an approved spark arresting device and used in an area that is barren or clear of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the generator.
- The use of all firearms and explosives are prohibited, including but not limited to, fuses or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets, and tracers or incendiary ammunition.
- The operation of motor vehicles off of established roads, motorized trails or established parking areas is prohibited, except when parking in an area devoid or vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway.
Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including fire activity levels, current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, and the availability of firefighting resources. Fire restriction criteria are routinely evaluated and restrictions could be upgraded or downgraded at any time. Therefore, visitors should check the park’s website for alerts prior to their visit.
Know before you go. Fire restrictions in New Mexico can be found at www.firerestrictions.us/nm and fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com.
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Bandelier National Monument – www.nps.gov/band
Valles Caldera National Preserve – www.nps.gov/vall
Pecos National Historical Park – www.nps.gov/peco
Fort Union National Monument – www.nps.gov/foun