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Effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2018, and until rescinded, the following acts are prohibited:  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

Over the weekend, several of the chapter members got together to do some community clean up and beautification projects.

First we planted flowers at the Batan Memorial outside the old county building at 515 W High St. It needed some weeding and dirt added.





Then we went out and picked up trash along a county road near town. We ended up picking up 22 bags of trash in less than a mile of roadway.




We had 11 members help out with this clean up effort and we worked for about 3 hours total. Thank you everyone who could make it out.

La Jara Mesa Trail Closure

La Jara Mesa Trails Closure

Albuquerque, NM, July 20, 2016 – A Closure Order has been issued for the La Jara Mesa trail system located on Cibola National Forest and National Grassland’s Mt. Taylor Ranger District. This closure is effective immediately. The purpose of this order is to protect public health and safety, eliminate the potential for vehicle accidents, and eliminate the potential for damage to private property.

Numerous six-inch spikes have been illegally placed throughout the La Jara trail system, creating the potential for OHV accidents, vehicle damage, and bodily harm or death to the rider. This closure will allow for enforcement of the area while preventing public injuries and/or property damage.

The closure includes the following: Trail numbers 02401, 02402, 02403, 02404, 02405, 02406, and 02407 on the top of La Jara Mesa. The legal description of this area is: Section 2, 3, and 10; T12N, R9W, Sections 34,35,36,27, and 26, T13N, R9W, in Cibola and McKinley Counties, New Mexico.

This closure will remain in effect until December 31, 2016, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first. Violations of this order are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor and can include a $10,000 fine and/or imprisonment. If you have any questions about this closure order, please contact the Mt. Taylor Ranger District at 505-287-8833.