SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST News:
Forest Supervisor Maria Garcia reminds visitors and campers that the use of fireworks is prohibited on the Santa Fe National Forest.
Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on national forest lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.
Forest visitors also are reminded about the importance of recreating safely and responsibly and to keep in mind the following:
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Prohibit: Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire. The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed provided such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety. Liquid petroleum and LPG stoves that can be turned on and off are allowed. Using an explosive 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 Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device Welding, or operating an acetylene, or other torch with open flame Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order Operating a chainsaw between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. is prohibited
Pack it In, Pack it Out: You brought it in heavy; why not take it out light? Be mindful of your consumption and pack out all trash when you leave. Remember not to burn your trash. If you’re not camping in a developed camp or picnic ground, remember the Leave No Trace principles. Visit: http://www.lnt.org/ for Leave No Trace information.
Beware of Bears, Be Bear Aware: Some areas of the forests are experiencing a high occurrence of bear sightings. Although bears are beautiful to look at, they are wild creatures that are dangerous if provoked and attracted. Remember these tips to keep your camp clean and safe: Do not leave food items out when not in use.Fragrant items attract bears – Toothpaste, insect repellents, soap, candy bars and other fragrant items can attract bears. They should be securely stored away from where you sleep. Cooking odors attract bears – If possible, your cooking area should be 100 yards from where you sleep.
Know Before You Go: Become familiar with the area that you are visiting. Call the local Forest Service office near the area you will be visiting to check conditions, restrictions and closures. Due to past fires, extreme fire danger and the potential for flash flooding, some parts of the forests are closed.
For additional information on restrictions visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/.