Burn & Firework Restrictions
Catron County has issued a special ordinance limiting open burning and the sale of fireworks due to the high danger of fire and current weather conditions which include low humidity and high fuel content which create an extremely high fire hazard in Catron County.
Emergency Ordinance 0052014 and Proclamation notes, “...that severe drought conditions affect the unincorporated areas of Catron County…” and “…the Whitewater Baldy fire, the largest wildfire in New Mexico's history, consumed over 300,000 acres in this County taxing Catron County's and this County's resources to the limit…”
The ordinance goes on to state:
“The Board of County Commissioners hereby declares that Catron County is suffering from extremely or serious drought conditions and high fire hazards represent a significant immediately threat to the peace, safety, health and welfare of Catron County.
The following types of open burning shall be prohibited unless a permit is obtained from the County Fire Chief:
A. Campfires ("Campfire" means a fire set for cooking, warming, or ceremonial purposes, which is not more than three feet in diameter by three feet high, and has had the ground five feet from the base of the fire cleared of all combustible material); B. Open fires; C. Open Burning of vegetation or rubbish; and,
D. Any other smoke producing substance and material that creates a fire safety hazard. (Reference Regulation #301 of the Ambient Air Quality Standards and Air Quality Control Regulation).
The Board of County Commissioners does hereby allow the sale but limits the use of cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches, toy smoke devices, wheels and mines fireworks within the unincorporated areas of Catron County