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Complete Closure of the Bosque, Rio Grande Valley State Park, And Open Space Areas: Stage III Restrictions now in Effect

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Complete Closure of the Bosque, Rio Grande Valley State Park, And Open Space Areas: Stage III Restrictions now in Effect

Post  Admin on Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:21 pm

Sent to us from the ABQ city - please contact those listed with any questions.


Chris Ramirez, City of Albuquerque, 505-350-4833
Tia Bland, Bernalillo County, 505-225-6212

Complete Closure of the Bosque, Rio Grande Valley State Park, And Open Space Areas: Stage III Restrictions now in Effect

Those who need clarification on any of this information are encouraged to call 311. For a complete list of Open Space Areas affected, link to

Closure Information
The City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County have implemented a complete closure of the Bosque and Rio Grande Valley State Park and all Open Space areas. The public is prohibited from accessing ANY areas of the Bosque during the temporary closure. Only authorized enforcement personnel will be allowed in the Bosque and Open Space areas during this time. This is in conjunction with the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District’s closure of their portion of the Bosque.

Extreme fire conditions exist throughout the State of New Mexico and in the Albuquerque Metro Area as evidenced by the recent high fire activity. Because of the lack of rain over the past four months, the large amount of dry-vegetative fuels, high temperatures, and high winds, conditions are ripe for disaster. A wildland fire within the city limits or unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County would be devastating to our community and damage the affected open space area for generations.

City and county officials are ramping up enforcement efforts to include police and fire patrols and authorized trained volunteers as designated by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department’s Open Space Division.

Anyone found in prohibited areas is subject to a fine of up to $500.00, imprisonment up to 90 days, or both. Citizens that witness suspicious activity or persons violating the closure or Stage III Fire Restrictions, should call 242-COPS. If you see a fire, call 911 immediately.

Fireworks Restrictions
City and county leaders and fire officials are strongly discouraging the use of fireworks except at public events such as the City of Albuquerque’s Freedom Fourth celebration, Isotopes Park and the City of Rio Rancho’s annual Pork & Brew, just to name a few.

While state law allows restrictions to be imposed, an outright ban of the sale of fireworks is prohibited by state law. As permitted by state law and city ordinance, the City of Albuquerque along with jurisdictions across the state have banned the sale and use of all aerial type fireworks and fire crackers that are louder than a paper pistol cap. Aerial fireworks are illegal, defined as fireworks that go more than 10' feet in the air or move outside of a 6' circle.

To address Albuquerque’s inability to completely ban the sale and use of fireworks, Mayor Richard J. Berry sent letters to all 112 of New Mexico’s legislators urging them to change the law. Mayor Berry strongly feels that the governor or any municipal or county government should have the legal option to ban the use and sale of fireworks in the interest of public safety when appropriate.


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