1 Current Restrictions

Dallam County, Rita Blanca Grassland, CIF, Texas SWCG at Stage II

from 2016 Feb 26 midnight until rescinded

Stage II Fire Restrictions in effect for Rita Blanca National Grasslands of the Cibola National Forest, Dallam County, Texas. (ORDER NO. 03-0561)
1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove. EXCEPTIONS: (1) resident owners and lessees of land and holders of Forest Service recreation special use authorizations, within the restricted area, provided such fires are within a permanent structure and (2) persons utilizing petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices provided such devices meet the fire underwriter's specifications for safety.
2. Using an explosive.
3. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
4. Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device.
5. Operating a chainsaw, or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, is prohibited from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
6. Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame.
7. Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order meeting either: a) Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1a, or b) Appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335 (b) and J350 (a).
8. Possessing or using a motor vehicle off National Forest System roads. EXCEPTIONS: (1) when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway or (2) when parking overnight in Forest Service developed campgrounds and trailheads.
1. Persons with a Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
2. Any Federal, State or local officer, or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official
The "restricted area" includes all National Forest System lands within the boundary of the Rita Blanca National Grasslands, Cibola National Forest and Grasslands.
This Order is necessary to protect public health and safety due to the increased fire danger.
1. This Order will be in effect when signed and shall remain in effect until December 31, 2016 or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.
2. Any violation of this prohibition is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 (for individuals) and $10,000 (for organizations) or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both.
3. This Order supersedes any previous orders prohibiting the same acts covered by this Order.

Order No. 03-0561 was signed in Albuquerque, NM on February 25, 2016 by Calvin N. Joyner, Regional Forester, Southwestern Region.

0 Upcoming Restrictions

Texas SWCG Area Press Release

Texas SWCG Area Information Updated: July 10, 2014 (1 year, 8 months ago)

Amistad National Recreation Area

Big Bend National Park

Chamizal National Monument

Fort Davis National Historic Site

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Year-Round Regulations:

Fires may be built in designated fire grills, fire rings, portable stoves or grills, or small ground fires three feet in diameter or less and encircled by a barrier are permitted.

Fires are prohibited: - Backcountry areas – Any and all types of open fires are prohibited. The use of portable stoves only is permitted. - Ground fires are prohibited on the designated swimming beach at Spring Canyon. - The burning of materials containing hardware (i.e. pallets) is prohibited. - The burning of garbage, refuse, and discarded materials regardless of the physical makeup of the items is prohibited. - Fires shall be extinguished upon termination of use. - All unattended fires must be completely extinguished with no burning material remaining.

For information concerning fire restrictions in Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument , call 806-857-3151.

McClellan Creek National Grassland

Rita Blanca National Grassland

County judges and/or county commissioner’s courts establish County Burn Bans. For more information, contact your local county judge’s office.

Note: Seasonal conditions may require that more activities be prohibited or restricted. Contact the location you will be visiting for the latest information.