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Release Date: 05/15/13
Contacts: Todd Richards , 505-761-8769  

BLM Fire Restrictions Set for Albuquerque District (7 Counties and 2.5 Million Acres Affected)

Albuquerque, NM – The BLM Albuquerque District Office is implementing fire restrictions on BLM administered public lands in Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, McKinley, Sandoval, Socorro, and Valencia Counties. Due to continued low rainfall and humidity as well as above average temperatures, the BLM will implement these fire restrictions effective May 20, 2013, to help prevent wildfires and ensure public and firefighter safety.
Effective at 8:00 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2013, and until rescinded, the following acts are prohibited:  
  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove except for: inside established campfire rings and grills within Datil Well and Joe Skeen Campgrounds, and the Socorro Nature Area. The use of  petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are allowed provided such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site or while stopped in an area at least ten feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  3. Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device.

To view the Fire Prevention Orders, please go to

“Now that we are seeing more beautiful weather, we want everyone to continue to enjoy their public lands,” says Danita Burns, acting District Manager for the BLM Albuquerque District.  “However, we call upon you as good stewards to do your part.  Always take care when you are recreating and using fire, especially during these recent drought conditions.  Remember, what you do affects us all.”
The BLM’s Pecos and Las Cruces Districts have also implemented fire restrictions. 
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

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: 05-15-2013