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Taos, NM – June 16, 2021— Due to ongoing drought and increased fire danger, the Carson National Forest is implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions across the entire forest, effective 8:00 a.m. Thursday, June 17.
Stage 1 fire restrictions are a proactive way to reduce the very real risk of human-caused wildfire, protect natural and cultural resources, and enhance public and firefighter safety. Forest managers use several criteria to determine when to implement restrictions, including current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.
Under Stage 1 restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas with Forest Service-built fire rings or grills. Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites on the forest. The order also prohibits welding, using an acetylene torch or operating any torch with an open flame within the boundaries of the Carson National Forest.
Stoves, grills, lanterns and heaters fueled by propane or other liquified petroleum fuels may be used, however, it is recommended that they meet manufacturer’s safety specifications and have on/off switches. Propane devices should be used in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that has been cleared of flammable materials.
Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles or buildings, at developed recreation sites or while standing in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that has been cleared of all flammable material. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are always prohibited on national forests.
Developed campgrounds in the Carson National Forest are open for the season. Some require reservations through www.recreation.gov but most are first come, first served. Although Stage 1 restrictions allow campfires in developed campgrounds, visitors are asked to use extreme caution and follow campfire safety procedures. Never leave a campsite until the fire is completely extinguished and cold to the touch.
Forest visitors are asked to use extreme caution when fire restrictions are in place. Violations are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations and/or by imprisonment for not more than six months. Fire prevention and law enforcement will be patrolling, and anyone who violates Stage 1 restrictions will be ticketed.
The closure order that places the Carson National Forest under Stage 1 fire restrictions is posted on the website and is available at all Carson National Forest offices. All current closure orders are posted on the Alerts and Notices page of the website.
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