The Doña Ana County Fire Marshal has lifted the ban on open burning in the county, effective immediately.
Rainfall in the county has provided sufficient moisture to vegetation, which has decreased the danger of fire, Fire Marshal Nate Marshall said. He said the ban will remain lifted for as long as rainfall maintains satisfactory moisture conditions. A new ban can be activated any time adverse conditions occur, he said.
“Conditions and resources have changed in our favor, so at this time we feel we can lift the ban,” Marshall said.
Before burning, residents must register for an open-burning permit. Permits are available from the New Mexico Environment Department, located in the county’s Public Health Building at 1170 N. Solano Ave.
Marshall said residents are advised to burn safely and responsibly after receiving their permits. Residents who are found to be burning without permits will be cited and fined, he said.
For more information, call Grant Taylor in the county’s Public Information Office at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.