Red flag fire warning in effect this weekend

By Jesse Chaney<br />Managing Editor

By Jesse Chaney<br />Managing Editor

A red flag warning and fire weather watch are in effect Friday through Sunday (June 17-19) in all of northern New Mexico due to strong winds and low humidity, the Village of Angel Fire Fire Department announced.

A red flag warning is meant to encourage people to be extra cautious with fire, as the likelihood of starting a wildland fire is high due to current weather conditions.

Local fire department officials plan to begin raising a red banner on the flag pole at Fire Station No. 1 on North Angel Fire Road whenever the warning is in effect.

Carson National Forest remains under Stage I fire restrictions, which went into effect June 10.

The Village of Angel Fire is also under Stage I fire restrictions. The village generally implements the same fire restrictions as Carson National Forest, Angel Fire Fire Chief Orlando Sandoval said.

Stage I fire restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, wood or charcoal-burning stove fire, except within a developed recreation site in grills and stoves provided by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.

They also prohibit smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

In addition, the restrictions prohibit the possession or discharge of any kind of fireworks other than pyrotechnic devices.

Gas and propane stoves, lanterns or heating devices are permitted as long as they meet safety specifications.

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