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Release Date: 05/16/13
Contacts: Larry Ashley , 575-627-0314  

BLM Fire Restrictions Increased at Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area and Nearby Public Lands

Roswell, NM – The BLM Pecos District Office is increasing fire restrictions in the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area (NCA), at Valley of Fire Recreation Area, and on BLM managed public lands around the community of Lincoln, New Mexico.  These fire restrictions are effective May 18, 2013, to help prevent wildfires and ensure public and firefighter safety.

Effective at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013, and until rescinded, the following acts are prohibited: 

  1. Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites. 
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  3. Discharging steel-core or steel-jacketed firearms ammunition, or firing a tracer bullet or incendiary device (which includes exploding targets)
  4. The following acts are prohibited from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.:

a. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, road building and woodcutting during industrial operations or fire wood gathering.

b. Blasting, welding, or other activities that generate flame or flammable material.

 A patrol is required for one hour following cessation of all work as described in 'a" and "b".

    5. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads or trails

To view this and other BLM Fire Prevention Orders, please go to

“These increased fire restrictions will allow for the continued use of BLM-managed public lands in Lincoln County while decreasing the risk of wildland fires” says Chuck Schmidt, Field Manager for the BLM in Roswell.”  He continued, “With everyone’s help, we can reduce the risk of wildland fire while also ensuring public and firefighter safety”

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: 05-16-2013