Carson NF lifts fire restrictions

Fire restrictions have been lifted on the Carson National Forest. Taos News/Katharine Egli

The Carson National Forest has lifted campfire and smoking restrictions now that fire danger has decreased.

The forest announced Stage 1 fire restrictions earlier in the summer due to extreme drought conditions and high fire danger. The Santa Fe National Forest and four ranger districts on the Cibola National Forest entered Stage 1 fire restrictions at the same time, an indication of the widespread risk of unseasonal wildfires across northern New Mexico.

Forest managers use several criteria to determine when to lift fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources. Fire danger on the Carson National Forest is currently low but the public is still urged to be cautious with campfires, never leave them unattended and ensure they are cold to the touch before leaving.

Abandoning a still active campfire is prohibited and violators are subject to a fine and/or imprisonment. If an abandoned campfire causes a wildfire, violators can also be held responsible for fire suppression costs.

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