Stage I Fire Restrictions to Begin on Smokey Bear and Sacramento Ranger Districts

ALAMOGORDO, NM – May 2, 2013 – The Lincoln National Forest is planning to implement Stage I Fire Restrictions on the Smokey Bear and Sacramento Ranger Districts, effective May 4th, 2013, at 8:00 am.

STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS include the following prohibitions:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal grills, coal, wood or stove; except in Forest Service designated recreation sites and campgrounds where grills and fire rings are provided:
  2. Smokey Bear Ranger District

    •         Oak Grove Campground
    •         Three Rivers Campground
    •         Sam Tobias Memorial Group Campground in Cedar Creek
    •         Cedar Creek Picnic Area
    •         Skyline Campground


    Sacramento Ranger District

    •         Trestle Recreation Area
    •         Silver Campground
    •         Silver Overflow Campground
    •         James Canyon Campground
    •         Karr Canyon Campground
    •         Upper Karr Campground
    •         Sleepy Grass Day Use Area

  3. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  4. Possessing, discharging, or using any type of firework or pyrotechnic device.
  5. EXEMPTIONS – The following are exempt from this order:

  1. Person with a permit that authorizes actions specifically prohibited by this order.
  2. Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  3. Residence owners and lessees of land and holders of Forest Service Special Use authorizations within the restricted area are exempt from Prohibition No. 1 (above); provided such fires are within a permanent structure.

 The Guadalupe Ranger District remains in Stage II Fire Restrictions.  

Violation of these regulations is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months or both.

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