Stage II Fire Restrictions

Mt. Taylor, Mountainair, Sandia Ranger Districts enter Stage II Fire Restrictions; Magdalena enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

Release Date: Jun 21, 2017

Albuquerque, NM, June 21, 2017 – As the hot and dry weather pattern continues and the fire danger level increases, more stringent fire restrictions are needed.  Effective immediately, the Mountainair, and Sandia Ranger Districts are in Stage II fire restrictions.  The Mt. Taylor Ranger District will enter Stage II fire restrictions later this week.  These are necessary to minimize the possibility of human caused ignitions.


The following are prohibited during Stage II fire restrictions:

  • Building or maintaining a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove
  • Explosives, fireworks, or any pyrotechnic device
  • Smoking, except in a vehicle or building or an area that has no vegetation such as a parking lot
  • Chainsaws or other equipment powered by a combustion engine (prohibited from 10 AM until 6 PM)
  • Welding or operating a torch with an open flame
  • Using a motor vehicle off of National Forest System roads, except in developed campgrounds and trailheads and areas within 10 feet of the roadway where there is no vegetation
  • Discharging firearms


Also effective today, portions of the Magdalena Ranger District are in Stage I fire restrictions.  The restrictions apply to all National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the Datil, San Mateo, and Magdalena Mountains.

The following are prohibited during Stage I fire restrictions:

  • Building or maintaining a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove
  • Explosives, fireworks, or any pyrotechnic devices
  • Smoking, except within a vehicle, building, developed recreation site, or in an area at least 3’ in diameter that contains no grasses or flammable material


Please note that petroleum-fueled stoves and lanterns are allowed, provided they meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.


There are no fire restrictions in place on the Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands, or the Black Kettle National Grasslands at this time.


For more information, please contact the appropriate Ranger District:

  • Mt. Taylor – 505-287-8833
  • Magdalena – 575-854-2281
  • Mountainair – 505-847-2990
  • Sandia – 505-281-3304


These orders will remain in effect until December 31, 2017, or until rescinded.  Violations of this order are punishable by a fine of $5,000 for individuals, $10,000 for organizations, and/or 6 months of imprisonment.  If you have any questions about the fire restrictions, please contact the Mountainair Ranger District at 505-847-2990 or your local Ranger District.

Forth of July Parade

A few of us had fun at last year’s Grant’s parade and we’ve decided to do it again. The entry fee has already been paid, and we are official to go. If possible we’d like to try and dress the part of old time days.  So get your horses all dolled up and lets go have fun.

Mt. Taylor Ranger District Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

USFS announced Stage 1 fire restrictions. We can still go out camping as planned at the end of June (unless new restrictions are put into place). We just cannot have an open campfire. Please plan on bringing propane cook tops for cooking any food and making coffee etc. If you’re a smoker, there will be NO SMOKING on the trail. Please keep smoking to inside your vehicles. And don’t forget to bring extra water for your horses.


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Volunteer hours

We are doing quite well on our volunteer hours for this year. Keep up the good work, by the end of the year, we should pass up last year’s hours. Although I still have a couple rides to document, we already have at least 435.75 total hours at a value of $17,166.31 to the community.

We will need some help planning and preparing for the fundraiser ride in September, so lets get working on that.

I’m also waiting for the USFS Recreation specialist to get back from a fire so we can talk to him about maintaining some trails in McGaffey. I hope we can have a work ride weekend over there sometime in the near future (ie like July)

So keep working guys. We’re doing good.


September Fundraiser Ride

We are working on the trails for our second annual fundraiser ride. This year we are creating a second slightly longer trail for those who would like a longer ride. There will be two loops available. One a short and easy 4 to 5 mile ride and one a longer 7 to 8 mile that is a little more technically challenging. It’s not majorly hard, but will be a hill climb and some rocky areas.  We don’t want to get too long of a ride because we still need riders to come back into camp to turn in their cards for the prizes.

Come for the weekend if you want. There is plenty of room for camping and more trails to ride on your own or with a group the next day.

Plan to come out and have a fun day.

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