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Santa Fe County bans certain fireworks, burning for 30 days

SANTA FE, N.M. — Citing extreme or severe drought conditions, Santa Fe County has banned the sale and use of certain fireworks in unincorporated sections of the county and within wildland areas for at least the next 30 days.

Banned are aerial fireworks, such as spinners, rockets, and stick-type rockets, and ground audible devices, including firecrackers.

The emergency ordinance declares hazardous fire conditions due to extreme or severe drought-like conditions and imposes restrictions on open fires, smoking and other ignition sources.

Prohibited are open fires of any kind, burning of vegetation or rubbish, smoking within a county park or wildland area, except within an enclosed vehicle or buildings exempt from the New Mexico No Smoking in Public Facilities Act. Also prohibited is the use of off-road vehicles, motor bikes, or other motorized apparatus within county parks, campgrounds and wild land areas.

While the ban is in effect for 30 days, it could be reissued if extreme or severe drought conditions continue.

The city of Santa Fe approved a similar ban last month.

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