Weather forecasters are predicting a drier than normal spring
and early summer in New Mexico, and the Department of Game and Fish
is urging everyone who spends time outdoors to be extremely careful
Anglers, campers and hikers who use state wildlife areas are
urged to check restrictions before they travel. Wildlife areas
observe the same fire restrictions in place by the New Mexico
Forestry Division, or in adjoining national forests, Bureau of Land
Management and State Trust lands. Fireworks are banned on all 105
wildlife areas that the Department either owns or leases around the
Warmer weather also will bring out the bears, and campers are
urged to avoid unpleasant encounters by properly disposing of trash
and using “bear-aware” camping practices while in the outdoors.
That includes keeping food and garbage securely stored, never
storing food in tents, never cooking near where you sleep, and
changing clothing that could hold odors before sleeping.
For more information about fire restrictions statewide, please
visit http://nmfireinfo.wordpress.com; the Public Lands Information
Center website, www.publiclands.org/firenews/NM.php; or the New
Mexico Forestry Division website, www.emnrd.state.nm.us/FD.
Information about bears can be found on the Department website,