On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a resolution banning and restricting smoking, campfires and open burning in the unincorporated areas of the county, outside the Albuquerque city limits.
“As the potential for large wildland fires grows across Bernalillo County, we are imposing these restrictions to reduce the likelihood of a human-caused wildland fire,” says Fire Marshal Chris Gober. “We take preventing a wildland fire seriously and will have a zero tolerance for those who violate the burning restrictions.”
The burning restrictions prohibit the following:
Above Ground Detonation-Agricultural Burning Bon Fires-Burning of Explosives-Campfires-Ceremonial Fires-Controlled Burning-Cooking Fires Disease Control-Heating Fires-Hot Torch Burning-Ignition of Rocket Motors
Open Burning-Open Flames-Timber and Forest Management-Research and Development-Slash Piles-Smoking-Weed Burning
Charcoal broilers, barbecue grills, wood and coal burning stoves used outside of private dwellings are classified as campfires and are prohibited. Propane and white gas/kerosene grills are allowed.
Penalties can include fines up to $300 and/or up to 90 days in jail.
“We also ask that residents prepare their property for a wildland fire by creating defensible space around their homes and making sure that their roof gutters are cleaned of any dried leaves, pine needles, twigs, and other debris,” says Gober. “Move the firewood that you may have stacked on your porch this past winter to at least 20 feet away from your home.”
For more tips on preparing your home for wildland fires, please visit the following: