Over the past few weeks, Sierra County has received moderate to heavy precipitation associated with the early and active start to the North American Monsoon. Sierra County has seen improvements to ongoing drought conditions along with increased fuel moisture content of ground vegetation. Accumulated precipitation in Sierra County on July 5 ranged from 7 inches in the mountain areas to over 4 inches in the lowland areas.
The monthly precipitation outlook for July 2022 is leaning towards 40% above normal, and the wildland fire potential outlook for the months of July through October have reduced significantly.
The Monsoon season is expected to continue through the month of July into the mid part of August, therefore improving conditions and making the occurrence of wildfires less likely.
Rescinded ordinances include:
- Sierra County Burn Restriction Ordinance 22-001 (July 6th 2022)
Burn permits are not required but residents shall call dispatch before they plan to have a controlled burn.
- BLM Las Cruces District Office Restrictions Across Public Lands (July 1st 2022)
Applies to BLM administered public lands within Doña Ana, Otero, Luna, Sierra, Grant and Hidalgo
- State of New Mexico Forestry Division Fire Restriction Order 2022-02 (July 5th 2022)