A half acre, no structure fire was fully contained Thursday. The fire occured one half mile south of the Redondo Campground. The fire was visible from north of Albuquerque, Jemez Springs, Gilman, Jemez Pueblo and from N.M. 4.
Fuels on the ground are dry due to the lack of moisture and are creating a fair amount of smoke. A fire investigator is also on scene. The fire was in the Jemez Ranger District.
From the New Mexico Fire Information website: (http://nmfireinfo.com/2012/05/31/santa-fe-nf-valles-caldera-nm-dept-of-game-fish-lands-enter-stage-1-fire-restrictions/)
Beginning Friday, June 1 at 8 a.m., the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera National Preserve and NM State Game & Fish properties along N.M. 63 in Pecos will enter Stage 1 Fire Restrictions due extreme fire danger.
“Increasing temperatures, coupled with lower humidity levels, prolonged drought conditions, and forecasted heavy winds has increased the potential for dangerous fires, and the need to implement precautionary measures,” announced Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor, Maria T. Garcia. “Restrictions provide added protection for the public and natural and cultural resources, while still allowing visitors to safely enjoy their public lands,” added Dennis Trujillo, Valles Caldera Executive Director.
First level (Stage 1) restrictions limit campfires to Forest Service designated camp and picnic grounds where grills and fire rings are provided. Smoking is permitted only in vehicles or buildings, in developed recreation sites, or in areas cleared at least three feet in diameter of all flammable material. Possessing, discharging or using any kind of fire work or other pyrotechnic device is also prohibited.
No campfires will be allowed within New Mexico Department of Game & Fish properties along NM 63 within the Pecos Canyon.
Gas and propane stoves, lanterns or heating devices are permitted providing such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.
Violations of these restrictions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.
For more information regarding forest recreation opportunities and fire restrictions, contact the Santa Fe National Forest at (505) 438-5300, or visit www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe.