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Fire season in New Mexico has begun.

Prevent Wildland Fires in Open Space

With extremely dry conditions in the Southwest, there is a high risk of fire in Albuquerque's Major Public Open Space lands.

City of Albuquerque fire restrictions will apply to all Open Space area's within the municipal boundaries of the City of Albuquerque to include the west mesa grass lands, the Bosque and the Open Space Areas of the Sandia Foothills. Areas outside of the municipal boundaries will fall under the jurisdiction of New Mexico State Forestry (NMSF) or Bernalillo County, or as appropriate.

Stage II Restrictions apply to all Open Space area's within the municipal boundaries of the City of Albuquerque to include the west mesa grass lands, the Bosque and the Open Space Areas of the Sandia Foothills .

State II Restrictions include:

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, open flame, campfire or stove fire.

2. Smoking.

3. Possessing, discharging or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device.

4. Possessing or using a motor vehicle off any publicly designated roadways, except when parking in developed parking lots or at developed trailheads.

5. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine.

6. Operating any piece of spark-emitting equipment.

7. Operating any internal or external combustion engine.

8. Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.

9. Camping or overnight stay.

Everyone can help prevent fire by educating themselves about fire restrictions and fire safety on Open Space lands.

Early detection can be the difference between a small or large scale fire.

Fire Guidelines

How can you help during this critical fire season? Follow these guidelines:

  • If you see fire, call 911.
  • To report non-emergency activity, call (505) 242-COPS.
  • Never approach smoke or fire. Leave the area as soon as you detect it and then call 911.
  • Carry a cell phone to report suspicious activity, smoke, or fire.
  • Carry a map of the area so you can accurately report access points or nearest cross streets for emergency personnel.
  • Visit areas you are familiar with so you know how to quickly evacuate if necessary.
  • Carry a notebook to record important information such as the location of an illegal camp, description of individuals involved in suspicious activity, or areas requiring important signage.
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