BLM fire restrictions set to begin May 11 for Albuquerque District (8 counties and 2.5 million acres affected)

BLM lands also in Fire Restrictions

NM Fire Info

The Bureau of Land Management Albuquerque District Office is implementing fire restrictions on BLM administered public lands in Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, McKinley, Sandoval, Socorro, Torrance and Valencia counties.  Due to record warm temperatures, exceptionally dry fuel moisture levels and increasing fire danger, the BLM will implement the following fire restrictions effective May 11, 2018, to help prevent wildfires and ensure public and firefighter safety.

Effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2018, and until rescinded, the following acts are prohibited:  

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove except for: inside established campfire rings and grills within Datil Well and Joe Skeen Campgrounds.

Exceptions: The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are allowed provided such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety and they are used in areas free of flammable materials.

  1. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed…

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Stage II Fire Restrictions to begin on the Mount Taylor, Mountainair, and Sandia Ranger Districts

NM Fire Info

Albuquerque, NM. April 30, 2018 – Drought conditions continue throughout the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.  To reduce the risk of human caused fires, the fire restriction level will increase to Stage 2 on the Mount Taylor, Mountainair, and Sandia Ranger Districts. Stage II fire restrictions will be effective at 8:00 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Mount Taylor – April 30, 2018
  • Mountainair – May 4, 2018
  • Sandia – May 11, 2018

Stage II fire restrictions include:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove.     Exceptions: The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, propane grills, or heating devices is allowed, provided such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specification for safety and has a turn-off valve.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, at a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or…

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Nails don’t belong in the forest

The Zuni Mountain Chapter Back County Horsemen completed a second clean up in the Bonita Canyon area over the weekend. We didn’t get quite as much trash as the last time, but what we did do was clean up a huge old campfire full of nails.

That’s right, nails! Apparently someone hauled out a bunch of pallets full of nails out into the forest and made a big camp fire sometime ago. We found this site on our last outing so it wasn’t done during these fire restrictions. Anyway there were thousands of nails in this area.

Every person who uses the forest can be affected by nails. If you ride an ATV, you don’t want your tires punctured by them. If you ranch and graze cattle, you don’t want your cows accidentally ingesting the nails. If you hunt, you don’t want the elk and deer to accidentally step on a nail and die from infection before you can complete your hunt. If you hike, you don’t want to step on one and get injured.

Nails cause all kinds of damage in the forest. They affect everyone who uses the forest. When fires are allowed in the forest (not right now, due to fire restrictions) please remember not to bring wood that has objects that can damage the environment.

Clean wood is acceptable, burning pallets is not. We spent quite a bit of time trying to clean up the mess left by this careless camp fire. Anyone who uses this site may be affected by the carelessness of the ones who left behind this mess.

 

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On the bright side, this weekend’s clean-up was cut short by much needed rain the the Zuni Mountains. The moisture also brought out the snakes. I think at last count, we came across at least five or six snakes in less than an hour and a half. We still managed to pick up seven bags of trash, four unburned pallets, a tire, and several five gallon bucket fulls of those pesky nails.

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There is still more trash out there, and we encourage everyone to make sure to pick up your trash and any other trash you find along the way. Please don’t be part of the problem, be a part of the solution. Don’t trash our forests.

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Cibola National Forest Lifts Many Portions of the Fire Closure Order

NM Fire Info

A Closure Order Issued by Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands as a result of the Bluewater and Diener Canyon Fires has been lifted in several areas. A three-sided rectangle encompassing the north, east, and south perimeter of the Bluewater Fire and FR 178 on the west will form the new closure. The only closure on the Diener Canyon Fire will be the Fire perimeter itself. For more information on the Bluewater and Diener Fires Temporary Area Closure Order please contact the Mount Taylor Ranger District at (505) 287-8833 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire is expected to be lifted by the end of the day today. Until then it remains strictly forbidden to operate drones or unmanned aerial vehicles inside the TFR. Both of these events signal the downward track of the 13-day response to these fires. Personnel…

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Little Overnight Growth on the Diener and Bluewater Fires

NM Fire Info

Grants, NM – April 13, 2018: A combination of low temperatures, high humidity and light snow helped overnight as both the Diener and Bluewater Fires.  Both experienced little fire growth through the night.  Burnout operations on the Diener Fire were completed during the night from Post Office Flats to Ojo Redondo Campground on Forest Service Road 480.  All lines are currently holding.  Both the Diener and the Bluewater Fires are estimated at 1000 acres each.

Residents of Bluewater Subdivision, Bluewater Acres, Bluewater Village and La Jara Subdivision continue to be on Pre-Evacuation notice.  These residents have been asked to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice if an evacuation order is issued.  In this event, an evacuation center will be located at Grants High School while the Grants Rodeo Grounds can be used to house livestock.

Winds are predicted to continue today, although slightly lighter with cooler temperatures.  Gusts…

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Two new fire starts on Mount Taylor Ranger District

Fire season is here. Be careful and keep an eye out while in the forest.

NM Fire Info

April 12, 2018 – Two new fire starts were reported on the Mount Taylor Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands earlier today.  The Bonito Fire is located in the Zuni Mountains, and the La Mosca Tank Fire is on Mount Taylor.  Both fires were quickly contained.  The cause of these fires is still being investigated.

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Ride to the Summit

Anyone interested in riding to the Summit of Mount Taylor?

We are offering a guided trail ride on Saturday June the 9th in conjunction with the City of Grants Seven Trails of Gold outdoor event.  Please note: ride will be dependent on weather and USFS fire restrictions.

We will also have to limit the total number of riders to 40 this year and an RSVP will be required.

There is dispersed camping available in the general area where we will ride out from. Details are still being worked out, but we will get all the information as soon as possible. Check back for new information as it becomes available.