U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 05/07/13|
BLM Fire Restrictions Set for Las Cruces District and Pecos District (15 Counties and 6.5 Million Acres Affected)
Santa Fe, NM – The BLM Pecos District Office is implementing fire restrictions on BLM administered public lands in Chaves, Curry, DeBaca, Eddy, Guadalupe, Lea, Lincoln, Quay, and Roosevelt Counties. The BLM Las Cruces District Office is implementing fire restrictions on BLM administered public lands in Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Otero, and Sierra Counties. Due to continued low rainfall and humidity as well as above average temperatures, the BLM will implement these fire restrictions effective May 11, 2013, to help prevent wildfires and ensure public and firefighter safety.
Effective at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013, and until rescinded, the following acts are prohibited:
1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area. Campfires will only be allowed where there are metal fire rings or metal grills.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site or while stopped in an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
To view the Fire Prevention Orders, please go to www.blm.gov/nm/firerestrictions.
According to Roswell Field Manager Chuck Schmidt, “Unfortunately, because drought conditions persist, we encourage the public to continue enjoying their lands, but emphasize that fire prevention is everyone's responsibility.”
Las Cruces District Manager Bill Childress adds, "The lack of rain and extreme dry conditions highlight the reasons to move forward with fire restrictions. This will allow for continued use of public lands while reducing the risk of wildland fires.”
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for up to 12 months. As summer continues, additional restrictions or closures may be necessary; check for updates at www.nmfireinfo.com.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
|Last updated: 06-04-2013|
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