County Commission Votes to Ban Open Burning in Unincorporated Bernalillo County


The Bernalillo County Commission tonight passed a resolution to ban the use of open fires, campfires, and smoking in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County for the next 45 days. Severe drought conditions exist which affects the safety and welfare of Bernalillo County citizens.

The fire danger across Bernalillo County is expected to be very high to extreme with the fire season starting earlier than normal. This is due to current severe drought conditions, above normal temperatures, below normal precipitation, and snow pack well below normal with an average of 50 percent or more below normal.

“This ban is necessary to reduce the risk of wildland fires, which pose a threat to life, property, vegetation, and timber,” says Bernalillo County Fire Greg Perez. “The county may issue additional resolutions if extreme or severe drought conditions warrant those revisions.”

Open burning is banned in all of the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County. The limitation and bans shall be in effect for the next forty-five (45) days.

Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed buildings or within vehicles equipped with ashtrays, at private residences in areas clear of vegetation with noncombustible receptacles for collection of smoking remnants.

Open fires including, but not limited to, campfires, recreational fires utilizing solid fuels and burning of vegetation are prohibited.

UL listed devices for cooking which use kerosene, white gas, natural gas, or propane as fuel may be used in an area that is clear of any vegetation or combustible materials within a 10-foot radius around the device.

Campfires and recreational fires are prohibited.

The resolution passed on a 5-0 vote.

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