Woodland areas surrounding Rio Grande go into a partial closure; established paths and levee roads remain open. Caution urged.
Bosque Closure Rules
- Stay on established paths and levee roads
- Remain on alert
- Report suspicious activity
At 8 a.m. Friday, June 29, the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County will go into a partial closure of the Bosque.
In a meeting with Fire Departments and Land Management Agencies throughout the Rio Grande Valley, it was collectively decided that greater fire restrictions were needed to protect the Rio Grande Bosque.
Citizens can still enjoy the Bosque by staying on the established paths and levee roads. We depend on the citizens to be our eyes and ears along the Bosque to report suspicious activity or fires.
The partial closure does not apply to Open Space areas of the Sandia Foothills or West Mesa Grasslands.
Albuquerque Fire Department, Albuquerque Police Department, Open Space, Bernalillo County Fire Department and Bernalillo County Sheriff Office will be increasing patrols starting on Friday.
A Partial Closure
The City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are enacting a partial closure, instead of a full closure because:
- Limited public access increases the number of eyes on the Rio Grande bosque to report
- Fires in their early stage
- Suspicious activity
- Prohibited activity
- The use of our citizens is part of the City of Albuquerque's
- Bosque Preservation and Fire Prevention Philosophy;
- Extends the vision of how enforcement and fire patrols
"We still want citizens in the Bosque to report suspicious activity or to report fires." Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen said.
"Once again, we are asking our citizens to assist their firefighters in keep our community safe and protect our natural resources by being fire-wise and using common sense." Breen said.
Remember that Stage II Restrictions prohibit:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire.
- Smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
- Using an explosive.
- Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun.
- Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine.
- Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device that is properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
- Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
Penalties & Enforcement
Any person found violating the fire restrictions ordinance shall be charged with a petty misdemeanor.
Upon conviction, each violation shall be punishable by a fine up to five hundred dollars ($500) or imprisonment up to ninety (90) days, or both.
The Fire Marshal's Office and the Albuquerque Police Department's Open Space Officers are responsible for enforcing the Albuquerque Fire Restriction Ordinance.
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