Carson forest to enter first-level fire restriction


The Carson National Forest will enter Stage I fire restrictions Monday (May 7).

Fire restrictions on public lands around Taos have been topics conversation in recent weeks as dry conditions have seen little moisture or relief. The restrictions were announced Monday (April 30).

Here's what's is and is not allowed under Stage I when it comes to open fires, according to a press release from the Carson:

— Any fires, including campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where there's already an official, agency-built fire rings or grills.

— Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles or buildings and developed recreation sites.

— Chainsaw use is permitted as long as they have spark arresters.

— And as always, fireworks are prohibited in all national forests and federally owned public land.

— Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed, or undeveloped, camping sites elsewhere in the forest.

— Stoves, lanterns or heaters fueled by propane or other liquefied petroleum fuel may be used in areas cleared of flammable materials within three feet of the device, if they meet manufacturer's safety specifications and have on/off switches.

Stage I is the initial round of fire restrictions used in the national forest system. Stage II restrictions are more prohibitive, with no campfires allowed and shooting any guns completely banned. Typically, a forest will be closed to public use if conditions warrant more stringent protections than Stage II.

For more information, see the May 3 edition of The Taos News.