Burn Bans

Catron Courier - - News -

Fire dan­ger is high across all of New Mex­ico, lead­ing to burn bans in state forests and across var­i­ous coun­ties, in­clud­ing Ca­tron County.

A fire dan­ger rat­ing of HIGH is de­fined as “all fine dead fu­els ignite read­ily and fires start eas­ily from most causes.” Unat­tended brush and camp fires are likely to es­cape. Fires may be­come se­ri­ous and their con­trol dif­fi­cult. Out­door burn­ing is now banned in most ar­eas, and this will re­main in place un­til con­di­tions change and the bans are re­scinded.

In Ca­tron County, a ban burn no­tice has been posted pro­hibit­ing any out­door burns, in­clud­ing camp­fires, open fires, any type of burn that gen­er­ates sparks or smoke that causes a safety haz­ard (this refers to state air qual­ity stan­dards).

In Ca­tron County, any­one burn­ing can be fined up to $300 and/or given up to 90 days in jail.

In the Gila for­est, please re­port fires and aban­doned camp­fires to the Sil­ver City In­ter­a­gency Dis­patch at 1800-538-1644.

In the Mag­dalena Ranger Dis­trict, Stage I fire re­stric­tions are in place for the Mag­dalena Moun­tain Range, San Ma­teo Moun­tain Range and Datil Moun­tain Range. This pro­hibits any fire, camp­fire, or stove fire, ex­cept in For­est Ser­vice de­vel­oped camp and pic­nic grounds, as well as smok­ing, ex­cept within an en­closed ve­hi­cle or build­ing or specif­i­cally marked area, and any kind of fire­work or other py­rotech­nic. Vi­o­la­tions are pun­ish­able by a fine of $5,000 for in­di­vid­u­als, $10,000 for or­ga­ni­za­tions, and/or 6 months of im­pris­on­ment.

Please be vig­i­lant of the spring winds, low hu­mid­ity and ris­ing tem­per­a­tures, and avoid us­ing any­thing with an open flame or a spark.

If mow­ing grass down, use a string-style trim­mer rather than a lawn mower as the blades can strike rocks and pro­duce a spark. Make sure your chain saw has a spark ar­restor, that your trailer chains are not drag­ging and that all cig­a­rettes are ex­tin­guished in an ash­tray.

Fire dan­ger is an­tic­i­pated to re­main high through May and June, and un­til mon­soon sea­son be­gins in New Mex­ico.

For more in­for­ma­tion on all burn re­stric­tions across New Mex­ico visit the web­site fir­ere­stric­tions.us/nm.

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