Level 1 fire restrictions begin this week

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Weekend rain not enough to stave off restrictions

SANTA FE — Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve remain in very high fire danger, despite recent rains, according to a news release issued Monday afternoon.

Grasses and other small fuels have dried out enough to carry fire; larger fuels, such as logs, are exceptionally dry and able to burn. The extended weather forecast calls for continued dry and windy conditions. All of these factors raise the potential for both human and lightning-caused fires, according to the release.

To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to forest resources, Level 1 fire restrictions will be implemented on all National Forest System lands within Santa Fe National Forest on the Jemez Ranger District and Cuba Ranger District south of NM Highway 126, and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, in Sandoval County. 

The order will begin at 8 a.m. June 12, and remain in effect until Dec. 31, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.   

Please observe the following prohibitions:

· Campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires are prohibited except in established fire pits, in developed campsites and picnic areas. 

· Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters are allowed.

· Smoking is only allowed in enclosed vehicles or buildings, developed recreation sites, or in areas at least 3 feet in diameter that are clear of flammable material.

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

For additional information, call the Jemez District at 575-829-3535, the Cuba District at 575-289-3264, or the Valles Caldera National Preserve at 505-428-7714.  You may visit the forest’s website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/.