Bernalillo County imposes new fire restrictions

Posted at: 05/15/2013 10:40 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bernalillo County is imposing new restrictions and prohibitions on outdoor smoking, campfires and open burning in areas of the county outside the Albuquerque city limits.

The Board of Commissioners approved the restrictions in a resolution Tuesday evening because of dry conditions and the threat of wildfires.

Prohibited activities include bonfires, campfires, cooking fires, burning of slash piles and ignition of rocket motors.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, smoking is allowed only in areas that are barren or if the person is in a vehicle.

Violations are punishable by fines up to $300 and up to 90 days in jail.

Fire Marshal Chris Gober says residents are being asked to create defensible space around their homes by cleaning gutters and moving stacked firewood at least 20 feet away from homes.

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