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June 18th, 2018: GNF Fire Restriction Change

//June 18th, 2018: GNF Fire Restriction Change

June 18th, 2018: GNF Fire Restriction Change

The Gila National Forest is rescinding the order for Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and moving to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective immediately. In addition, Fire Danger has been modified down to Very High from Extreme.

Campfire and smoking restrictions will be re-implemented on the Gila National Forest in order to protect public health and reduce preventable human-caused fires. “Some rain has fallen on the 3.3 million acres that comprise the Gila National Forest, and for the most part forest visitors have been diligent with the campfire safety and taking care not to spark a human-caused fire,” states Adam Mendonca, Forest Supervisor, “but we feel it’s critical to continue with precautions to reduce the potential for any additional fire starts during this period of drought and high fire danger.”

Fire restrictions for the Gila National Forest include allowing campfires only in designated developed campgrounds and picnic areas, and must be in a Forest Service provided metal grill or metal fire pits.  Fires in rock rings will not be allowed.  The use of pressurized, petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are acceptable, provided they meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.  Smoking is limited to a vehicle, building, or 3-foot area cleared of all flammable materials.  Fireworks, explosives and incendiary devices are always prohibited on National Forest System lands. 

Criteria used to determine when to implement fire restrictions include current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources. Fire restrictions will remain in effect until the forest receives significant precipitation.

The following campgrounds and picnic areas have been designated for campfire use:

Kingston                                Wolf Hollow Canyon                       Juniper

Piñon                                                 El Caso I-III                            El Caso Throwdown

Head of the Ditch                 Armijo                                                 Big Horn

Cottonwood                          Pueblo Park                                      Grapevine

Lower Scorpion                    Forks                                      Upper Scorpion

Sapillo                                    Upper End                             Mesa

Lake Roberts Picnic Area               Apache Creek                                  Snow Lake/Dipping Vat

Iron Creek                             Little Walnut Picnic Areas              Gomez Peak Group Area

Cherry Creek                                    McMillan                                Upper Gallinas

Railroad Canyon                 Whitewater Picnic Area – metal pedestal grills only

Please contact Ellen Brown, Fire Prevention Officer at (575)388-8201 or the individual ranger districts between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for further details regarding campgrounds and fire restrictions.

Black Range Ranger District (575) 894-6677                 Reserve Ranger District (575)533-6232

Glenwood Ranger District (575) 539-2481                      Quemado Ranger District (575)733-4678

Wilderness Ranger District (575) 536-2250                    Silver City Ranger District (575)388-8201

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