Taos County, town of Taos under burn ban


This story was updated Thursday April 26 at 1 p.m. 

The town of Taos and Taos County are under a burn ban until at least May 1 due to exceptional dryness and critical fire weather.

The burn ban was imposed April 18. If a resident previously obtained a valid burn permit, those permits are now revoked, according to Taos County Fire Chief Mike Cordova.

No outdoor burning is allowed, including brush or slash piles, weeds or acequias. The Taos County Commission will consider a longer-term ban at its May 1 meeting.

The ban does not include Questa, Red River, Taos Ski Valley or Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands, Cordova said.

However, BLM lands in Santa Fe County are under fire restrictions until further notice. Campfires and wood stoves, target shooting and fireworks are not allowed. Violations are punishable by a $1,000 fine, up to 12 months in jail or both, according to a press release from the BLM.

Unincorporated areas of Colfax County are still under a burn ban, which was instituted March 13.