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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fire danger is high across New Mexico, and state officials announced Friday that they will impose fire restrictions for all 33 counties starting next week.
The restrictions will take effect Wednesday at 8 a.m. They will prohibit the use of fireworks, campfires and other open fires. Smoking will only be allowed in buildings, on paved surfaces or in vehicles with ashtrays.
Officials said the restrictions will apply on all non-municipal, non-federal and non-tribal lands in New Mexico and will remain in effect until rescinded.
“New fire starts are becoming difficult to control,” said State Forester Tony Delfin. “I’m urging all state residents affected to follow the restriction guidelines to protect lives and property in their communities.”
New Mexico is coming off back-to-back record-setting fire seasons.
Just this week, a 30-acre fire put up a plume of smoke in the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque, and fire officials were investigating whether another series of small fires near the La Luz trailhead on Thursday were intentionally set.
On Friday, Sandoval County authorities were busy investigating five fires — all within a half-mile of each other — that were sparked northwest of Rio Rancho.
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