BLM posts countywide burn ban: Big fines for violators

Restrictions will go into effect Saturday

The Daily Times staff
Campfires, fireworks and other potential wildfire-causing activities are banned on Bureau of Land Management parcels like the Glade Run Recreation Area until further notice. Large fines and jail time may await violators.

FARMINGTON — Those planning on lighting anything on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management's Farmington Field Office — including cigarettes smoked out in the open — were warned today to leave the matches and lighters at home.

Campfires, charcoal barbecues, tobacco smoking outside and fireworks are banned as of Saturday on BLM lands due to the drought and high fire danger. The restrictions will continue until further notice.

“Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for up to 12 months, or both,” the agency said in a press release. “Restitution for total costs of fire suppression or damage will be borne by the violator.”

Things like exploding targets — and anything else that detonates — are also banned, as is “Discharging steel-core, steel-tipped, or steel-jacketed firearm ammunition, or using a tracer or incendiary bullet or device,” according to the release.

The smoking ban does have some exceptions. The release said people can light up “within an enclosed vehicle or building, developed sites and areas, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.”

The only other exceptions are for officially sanctioned permit holders who have permission in writing from BLM, federal, state, local and/or military employees acting within the scope of their duties and members of any rescue or firefighting force performing official duty, the release stated.

For more information call the BLM Farmington Field Office at 505-564-7600.