May 13, 2020
New Mexico State Forester Mandates Early Fire Restrictions
on All Non-municipal, Non-federal, and Non-tribal
Lands Statewide in Response to Dry Conditions and COVID-19
SANTA FE, NM – In an effort to protect communities, firefighters, first responders, and New Mexico’s natural resources, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Forestry Division today announced restrictions on fireworks, smoking, campfires and open fires on all non-municipal, non-federal, and non-tribal lands statewide. Due to warmer temperatures, lower humidity, high winds, and an abundance of dry, fine fuels, the fire danger is increasing throughout the state. The current COVID-19 pandemic only amplifies the current danger by putting an additional strain on firefighting resources. The restrictions will go into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.