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Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve Stage I Fire Restrictions in effect

For Immediate Release *REVISED* (Holy Ghost Campground and Group Campground added to list) BRUCE HILL, Forest Service - 505) 438-5320; TERRY MCDERMOTT, Valles Caldera - 505) 428-7714

SANTA FE, NM; May 17, 2013 – Despite recent scattered rain showers, the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve entered Stage 1 fire restrictions Tuesday, May 14 at 8:00 a.m. due to extreme/exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger.

The Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas are exempt from Stage I fire restrictions. Devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3-feet of the device.

During Stage I fire restrictions, the following acts are prohibited:

§ Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove; except in Forest Service developed campgrounds and picnic areas where grills and fire rings are provided:

 

Aspen Basin Campground

Aspen Vista Picnic Area

Battleship Rock Picnic Area

Big Tesuque Campground

Black Canyon Campground

Clear Creek Campground and Group Campground

Coyote Canyon Camping Area

El Porvenir Campground

Field Tract Campground

Holy Ghost Campground and Group Campground **(Newly added to list)

Iron Gate Campground

Jacks Creek Campground and Group Campground

Jemez Falls Campground and Day Use Area

Las Conchas Picnic Area

Panchuela Campground

Rio Chama Campground and Group Campground

Rio de las Vacas Campground

San Antonio Campground

Spanish Queen Picnic Area

Vista Linda Campground

 

§ Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

 

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

 

Violation of these restrictions are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, and/or imprisonment for no more than six months.

 

Forest and Preserve visitors are encouraged to be fire safe and show their commitment to wildfire prevention by going online and taking Smokey’s pledge.

 

Current fire restriction information can be found online at: www.firerestrictions.us/nm, www.nmfireinfo.com and www.fs.usda.gov/santafe; or by calling: 505-438-5300, 1-877-864-6985 or 1-877-971-3473.

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