Potentially hazardous conditions have prompted the Sandoval County Fire Chief to impose a ban on opening burning in the unincorporated areas of the county.
“Effective immediately, the Sandoval County Fire Department will no longer be issuing burn permits of any kind in unincorporated Sandoval County,” Fire Chief James Maxon said.
The recent high winds and continual dry conditions have made the ban necessary, and it will remain in effect until the fire department determines that conditions have improved enough to allow burring, Chief Maxon said.
Cooking and heating devices that use Kerosene, white gas or propane as fuel may be used, as long as there is fire protection nearby and a defensible space around the device. However, “starting fires or conducting open burning of any kind is prohibited,” Chief Maxon declared.
The open burning restrictions will be enforced by the Sandoval County Fire Marshal and the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone found to be conducting an open burn will be subject to arrest and penalties up to and including a $300 fine and 90 days in jail.
“I strongly encourage everyone to be vigilant about fire prevention so a catastrophic fire does not occur,” Chief Maxon added.
Citizens can report illegal burning by calling 505-891-7226. For additional information, visit the Sandoval County Fire Department website.