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Open Space Fire Restrictions & Closure

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Open Space closures and fire restrictions.

Citizens of Albuquerque know that New Mexico is in a state of extreme drought this year. In fact, most of New Mexico has been in severe drought the past two years, and likely the drought will continue through the rest of 2014.

With the large amount of dry-vegetative fuels, high temperatures, and high winds, conditions are ripe for large scale fires. A wildland fire in Major Public Open Space would be devastating to our community and damage the affected open space area for generations.

A few days of restricted access to Major Public Open Space areas is a much better alternative than having areas closed for years for recovery due to a catastrophic fire. Additionally, keeping the public out of Major Public Open Space means that in the event of a fire, firefighters can focus on putting out the fire rather than rescuing a person who may be trapped in an area.

Citizens of Albuquerque know that New Mexico is in a state of extreme drought this year. In fact, most of New Mexico has been in severe drought the past two years, and likely the drought will continue through the rest of 2014.

With the large amount of dry-vegetative fuels, high temperatures, and high winds, conditions are ripe for large scale fires. A wildland fire in Major Public Open Space would be devastating to our community and damage the affected open space area for generations.

A few days of restricted access to Major Public Open Space areas is a much better alternative than having areas closed for years for recovery due to a catastrophic fire. Additionally, keeping the public out of Major Public Open Space means that in the event of a fire, firefighters can focus on putting out the fire rather than rescuing a person who may be trapped in an area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If there is a Closure, where can I take my family to spend some time outdoors?

City parks, public pools and many other recreational facilities in the area are still open to the public. See the City’s website for a list of other recreation options, events and activities throughout Albuquerque.

Cultural Services also offers excellent summertime fun such as the Zoo and BioPark, and museums.

Tingley Beach (managed by Cultural Services), is also open.

Citizens can also enjoy all bicycle trails that are outside of the Open Space network.

When do Open Space areas reopen if there is a closure?

Areas remain closed until the City receives substantial rainfall. The City of Albuquerque will announce the reopening of Open Space areas in a press release and the information will be posted our website.

How can I help?

Call Open Space Dispatch at 452-5206 seven days a week during business hours, or 242-COPS to report trespass, dangerous or illegal activity, smoking, etc. Before you call, take note of important information such as cross streets, addresses, description of activity, etc.

To report illegal fireworks, call (505) 833-7390. From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 2 to July 4, call (505) 833-7335.

What should I do if I see a fire?

  • Call 911 if you see fire. Take note of the nearest physical address and/or cross streets, or nearby landmarks.
  • Call Open Space Dispatch at 452-5206 seven days a week during business hours, or 242-COPS for non-emergency situations.
  • Most importantly, be safe. Never approach smoke or fire. Leave the area as soon as you detect it and then call 911.