The Carson National Forest announced it will lift the less than two-week-old fire ban beginning June 30, due to the “apparent early arrival of the seasonal summer monsoons, accompanied by higher relative humidity and lower temperatures which have reduced fire danger across Northern New Mexico,” according to a press release.
The initial Stage 1 restrictions were implemented by both the Carson and the Santa Fe National Forests as Northern New Mexico was looking at a serious drought season, and were put in place to help prevent the serious fires that have been seen throughout the southwest USA over the past several months. Both national forests will now be lifting the ban.
Many factors are taken into consideration when deciding to impose or lift a fire ban, such as “current and predicted weather, fire danger indices, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.”
The National Weather Service also indicated the region is likely looking at several wet weeks continuing into July.
“Favorable weather conditions and an increase in firefighting resources are allowing us to lift fire restrictions,” said Carson National Forest Supervisor James Duran. “We are pleased to be able to lift the restrictions just in time for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend, but we ask visitors to recreate responsibly and remember that fireworks are prohibited in the national forest.”
Though restrictions are technically lifted, forest managers are urging extreme caution when building fires, and urge forest goers to not leave fires unattended and to completely drown campfires before sleeping or leaving the area.