From northern New Mexico south to Las Cruces, city and county governments are planning to crack down this Fourth of July on the use of fireworks.
The reason: Every square mile of New Mexico is dealing with drought and the threat of another fire breaking out is extremely high given the hot, dry and windy conditions plaguing the state.
In Las Cruces, fire and police departments have scheduled increased patrols to combat the use of illegal fireworks within city limits.
Under the city's restrictions, certain fireworks can be used only on barren or paved lands and with a readily available water source nearby. The restrictions prohibit the use of fireworks in any city park.
City officials in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho are encouraging their residents to attend planned fireworks shows on the Fourth.
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