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GILA NATIONAL FOREST

Gila National Forest implements fire restrictions

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Based on high fire danger and persistent severe fire weather conditions, the Gila National Forest will implement forest-wide Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 5, to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires. 

Under Stage 1 fire restrictions, igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes is allowed only inside a fire structure that is provided by the Forest Service within designated areas. Smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable material. Forest Order #03-06-00-002 and Exhibit A are on the forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gila/alerts-notices.

Acting Gila National Forest Supervisor Michael Martinez said, “We weigh many aspects before deciding to move in and out of restrictions and closures including coordinating with our local officials and neighboring units. With your help, we can all work together to prevent human-caused wildfires.” 

Forest managers use several criteria before deciding to implement fire restrictions. They include fuel moisture levels, local, regional, and national fire preparedness levels, fire activity, expected weather conditions, the potential for increased human-caused ignitions, availability of resources and significant social, political, and economic impacts. Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000.00 for organizations and/or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months.

Further information regarding fire restrictions may be obtained at the Gila National Forest Supervisor’s office in Silver City, telephone number 575-388-8201.