Silver City, NM — As fire crews focus on the Whitewater Baldy Fire in the northern areas of the forest, the Gila National Forest will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, effective on June 4 in a proactive effort to reduce the potential for fires.
“Forest visitors have been diligent in putting out their campfires and taking care not to spark a human-caused fire,” states Kelly Russell, Forest Supervisor, “but we feel it’s critical to reduce the potential for any additional fire starts.”
Fire Restrictions for the Gila National Forest include allowing campfires only in designated developed campgrounds and picnic areas, and must be in a Forest Service provided grill or fire pit. Fires in rock rings will not be allowed. The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are acceptable, provided they meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety. Smoking is limited to a vehicle or building. The following campgrounds and picnic areas have been designated for campfire use:
Kingston Campground Juniper Campground
Piñon Campground El Caso Campground
Big Horn Campground Cottonwood Campground
Pueblo Park Campground Grapevine Campground
Lower Scorpion Campground Forks Campground
Upper Scorpion Campground Sapillo Campground
Upper End Campground Mesa Campground
Lake Roberts Picnic Area Apache Creek Campground
Little Walnut Picnic Areas Cherry Creek Campground
McMillan Campground Iron Creek Campground
Upper Gallinas Campground Lower Gallinas Campground
Railroad Canyon Campground
Forest personnel strongly encourage extreme care when traveling in the National Forests. As always, fireworks are prohibited on National Forest System lands. Please contact Ellen Brown, Fire Prevention Officer at (575)388-8201 or individual districts for further details regarding campgrounds and fire restrictions, as well as current smoke conditions.