National Forest and other Agencies Ban Campfires

Alamogordo, NM (June 13, 2012) –Federal agencies in southern New Mexico are banning campfires and limiting smoking, beginning Friday, June 15, at 8:00 a.m.   Local communities and federal lands are still open for your use and enjoyment, and Underwriter Laboratories (UL) approved gas grills and devices are allowed.

“Because fuels have dried out and fire activity has recently increased, we need to be extra careful on our public lands,” says Bob Lippincott, acting Fire Management Officer on the Lincoln National Forest. 

All lands on the Lincoln National Forest, all BLM-managed land in New Mexico, and the Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge have banned campfires, and smoking is limited to enclosed vehicles and buildings.  Carlsbad Caverns National Park restricts smoking to enclosed vehicles, and grills are not allowed in the Rattlesnake Spring Day Use Area.  Guadalupe Mountains National Park has restricted smoking to vehicles and hard surfaces and campfires and charcoal fires are never permitted at the Park.

Each area has unique fire restrictions, so before visiting your favorite public lands, please check for specific information on fire restrictions at or call before you visit.