Be careful with fire at all times! Areas can be devastated by thoughtlessness or indifference on the part of anyone - hunter, camper, local resident, or visitor. New Mexico often suffers from drought, making the risk of fire very high, and it is up to all of us to protect our lands. Here are some easy rules and guidelines to follow:
Check fire conditions before heading out by calling the appropriate field office, or look up the most recent information at www.nmfireinfo.com.
Obey all fire use restrictions issued by the State of New Mexico or the BLM. You can find a list of BLM’s fire restrictions at: www.blm.gov/nm/firerestrictions.
You may not collect wood when in a developed campsite. However, you may use "dead and down" wood for small personal campfires, unless collection of wood is otherwise restricted, on the rest of BLM-managed lands if there are no fire restrictions.
Do not burn trash or material that produces toxic or hazardous material.
Always build fires in the stove, grill, fireplace, or ring provided in developed campgrounds.
Never leave a fire unattended.
Carry a shovel and water with you and be sure all fires are "dead out" before you leave.
Consider cooking on a camp stove rather than over a fire.