Open fires banned outside city limits

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Severe drought is forcing Bernalillo County to come down hard with stricter rules.

Bernalillo County commissioners declared a state of severe drought earlier this week and banned open flames and campfires on land outside city limits. Smoking is allowed if it’s done inside a vehicle.

Violating the ban could result in fines as high as $300 and up to 90 days in jail.

The fire restrictions will be in place for the next six months.

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