CLAYTON, NM –

The Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands terminated Fire Restrictions effective at 8 a.m., Friday, August 15. Fire danger has decreased over the last week due to moisture and higher humidity over much of the Grasslands. Although restrictions are lifted, visitors are reminded to be very careful with their campfires and/or use of chainsaws.

District Ranger Nancy Walls would like to thank the public for their patience and support during this period of fire restrictions.

The public is reminded that campfire safety is still of concern year round, and urge everyone to follow fire safety precautions when recreating in the forest. If you have a campfire, please abide by the following rules:

  • Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs dry grass, pine needles and leaves.
  • Pile extra wood away from the fire.
  • Clear the area down to bare soil.
  • Keep your campfire safe and small, especially when it’s windy.
  • Never leave your campfire unattended.
  • Drown the fire with water & dirt, stir remains, add more water and dirt, and stir again.
  • Do not bury your coals as they can smolder and re-ignite later.
  • Make sure your fire is dead out before leaving.
  • The use of fireworks of any kind is strictly prohibited on all National Forest lands.

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