ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The drought situation in New Mexico is so dangerous right now that thousands of square miles of land are now off-limits to fireworks, open fires and smoking.
The land commissioner says the move is necessary to prevent catastrophic wildfires from starting on state trust land.
National weather forecasters say this winter has been much drier than normal for New Mexico.
And it is on track to be the third driest winter on record.
Precipitation is only 35 percent of normal, snowpack is dismal across the mountains, and reservoirs remain low.