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Release Date: 05/01/13
Contacts: Ty Bryson , 575-234-5960  

Fire Restrictions Set for Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area

Roswell, NM – The BLM Pecos District Office is implementing fire restrictions in the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area (NCA) and around the community of Lincoln, New Mexico. Due to continued low rainfall and humidity as well as above average temperatures, the BLM will implement these fire restrictions effective May 4, 2013, to help prevent wildfires and ensure public and firefighter safety.
Effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 4, 2013, and until rescinded, the following acts are prohibited:  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 listed in the order.

2.  Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

According to Roswell Field Manager Chuck Schmidt, “Unfortunately drought conditions persist in the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave NCA.  We encourage the public to continue enjoying their lands, but emphasize that fire prevention is everyone's responsibility.”

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

Click here to view the order.

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: 05-01-2013