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Release Date: 06/24/13
Contacts: Carl Gossard , 505-954-2186  

BLM Announces Fire Restrictions for New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM – With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has implemented a statewide fire restriction order for all BLM-managed public lands in New Mexico.  The order is necessary due to extreme fire danger from prolonged hot and dry weather conditions. The following acts are prohibited: 

1.      Discharging, using, or possessing fireworks.

2.      Discharging or firing any incendiary or tracer ammunition.

3.      Burning, igniting, or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, plastic or any hazardous or explosive material (including exploding targets).

Violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for up to 12 months.

These restrictions have been coordinated with the other land management agencies, the New Mexico State Forestry Division, and affected counties.  As summer continues, additional restrictions or closures may be necessary; check for updates at

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 mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 06-24-2013