ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fire restrictions will take effect across the Cibola National Forest next week as dry conditions persist.
Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman says the restrictions will start Monday morning on the Sandia, Mountainair, Mt. Taylor and Magdalena ranger districts.
Kohrman says the drought and increasing fire danger have made the restrictions necessary.
That means no campfires expect within developed recreation sites, and smoking will be limited to enclosed vehicles, buildings and developed recreation sites.
Kohrman says forest employees regularly assess the dryness of the vegetation by monitoring temperatures, humidity and precipitation. This information will be used to determine how long the restrictions remain in place.
Nearly every corner of the state is dealing with some level of drought. Conditions are classified as severe in more than three-quarters of New Mexico.