Fireworks Restrictions In Los Alamos Take Effect June 8

Fireworks restrictions in Los Alamos to take effect June 8 due to exceptional drought intensity. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: The annual Kiwanis 4th of July Extravaganza is tentatively scheduled for Labor Day weekend in September.

COUNTY News:

The below PROCLAMATION will be considered by the Los Alamos County Council at its Tuesday, June 8 meeting, at the request of Los Alamos Fire Marshal Wendy Servey.

WHEREAS:

the weather in North Central New Mexico including Los Alamos County, has been extremely dry, resulting in conditions of exceptional drought in Los Alamos County; 47.8% of the State of New Mexico is in exceptional drought intensity (the highest) rating; and

WHEREAS:

the National Weather Service publishes drought indices, which indicate that drought conditions are likely to continue and deteriorate for the next 30 days, including Los Alamos County; and

WHEREAS:

continued heavy fuel loading, low humidity, heat, and wind forecasts in the County increases the danger of wildland, brush, and grass fires, which pose an extremely high fire risk in and around Los Alamos County;

WHEREAS:

these fires would threaten homes and structures, putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk; and

WHEREAS:

The Los Alamos Fire Department – Fire Marshal’s Office, as well as surrounding agencies have declared Stage 1 Fire Restrictions within the County of Los Alamos; and

WHEREAS:

pursuant to the New Mexico Fireworks Licensing and Safety Act, Section 60-2C-1 et. seq. NMSA 1978, as amended, the Los Alamos County Council is authorized to ban or limit the use and sale of certain fireworks when extreme or severe drought conditions exist as determined by the County Council based on the National Weather Service indices and other relevant information supplied by the United States Forest Service;

NOW THEREFORE,

the Council of the Incorporated Council of Los Alamos does hereby proclaim that locally exceptional drought conditions exist and high to very high fire hazards represent a significant and immediate threat to safety, health, and welfare of our citizens in Los Alamos County; and

THEREFORE,

sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible fireworks including aerial shell kit-reloadable tubes, aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile type rockets, stick-type rockets, roman candles (able to shoot balls of flame 50-60 plus feet in the air), shells, chasers and firecrackers are prohibited for the next (30) days in accordance with the state statue and the County Code; and 

THEREFORE,

the use of cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches/static (non-flame shooting) roman candles, toy smoke devices, wheels, is limited within Los Alamos County to areas that are paved or barren or that have a readily accessible source of water for use by any homeowner or the public; and

THEREFORE,

Nothing in the Proclamation shall prohibit a County – approved display of fireworks, except that any individual, association, partnership, corporation, or organization shall comply with the terms of any agreement with the County, and shall secure a written permit from the County’s Fire Marshal’s Office, and the display fireworks shall be purchased from a distributor or display distributor licensed by the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms at the United States Department of Treasury, pursuant to Section 60-2C-9, NMSA 1978.

ADOPTED
by the Los Alamos County Council this 8th day of June 2021.

For questions or concerns, contact Los Alamos Fire Department-Fire Marshal’s Office, Wendy Servey:
Fire Marshal mobile: 505.695.3643 email: wendy.servey@lacnm.us.

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