Stage 1 Fire Restrictions In The Gila

May 15, 2013

Silver City, NM-  The Gila National Forest will be implementing Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning on May 21, 2013.  “Forest visitors have been diligent in putting out their campfires and taking care not to spark a human-caused fire,” states Kelly Russell, Forest Supervisor, “but we feel it’s critical to reduce the potential for any additional fire starts during this period of drought and high fire danger.”

Fire restrictions for the Gila National Forest include allowing campfires only in designated developed campgrounds and picnic areas, and must be in a Forest Service provided grill or fire pit.  Fires in rock rings will not be allowed.  The use of  petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are acceptable, provided they meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.  Smoking is limited to a vehicle, building, or 3-foot area cleared of all flammable materials.  The following campgrounds and picnic areas have been designated for campfire use:

Kingston Campground                                      Juniper Campground

Piñon Campground                                           El Caso Campground

Big Horn Campground                                      Cottonwood Campground

Pueblo Park Campground                                  Grapevine Campground

Lower Scorpion Campground                             Forks Campground

Upper Scorpion Campground                              Sapillo Campground

Upper End Campground                                    Mesa Campground

Lake Roberts Picnic Area                                  Apache Creek Campground

Little Walnut Picnic Areas                                  Cherry Creek Campground

McMillan Campground                                       Iron Creek Campground

Upper Gallinas Campground                              Lower Gallinas Campground

Railroad Canyon Campground

Forest personnel strongly encourage extreme care when traveling in the National Forests.  As always, fireworks are prohibited on National Forest System lands.  Please contact Ellen Brown, Fire Prevention Officer at (575)388-8201 or individual districts between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for further details regarding campgrounds and fire restrictions.

Black Range Ranger District-(575) 894-6677         Reserve Ranger District-(575)533-6232

Glenwood Ranger District-(575) 539-2481            Quemado Ranger District-(575)733-4678

Wilderness Ranger District- (575) 536-2250          Silver City Ranger District-(575)388-8201