3 New Mexico parks impose fire restrictions

Posted at: 04/25/2013 8:29 AM
Updated at: 04/25/2013 5:16 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico officials are imposing fire restrictions at three state parks due to persistent dry conditions.

Restrictions went into place Wednesday at Sugarite Canyon and Cimarron Canyon state parks in northeastern New Mexico.

Restrictions at Bottomless Lake State Park in southeastern New Mexico will go into effect Friday morning. The restrictions prohibit open fires and charcoal and limit smoking within the parks.

Smoking will be allowed only in enclosed vehicles and in developed recreation sites. Bottomless Lake Superintendent Joe Kasuboski says high temperatures and low moisture levels have dried out vegetation in the park.

In northeastern New Mexico, Colfax County has declared a "dry season" in all fire districts and has instituted a ban on open burning in most areas.

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