City of Santa Fe Lifts Fire Ban

Editor | - July 11, 2012

The following information is from a City of Santa Fe media release.

Due to recent increased precipitation, the Santa Fe Fire Department has the authority to lift the additional fire restrictions that were enacted as per the International Fire Code® (IFC) as adopted by § 12-2.1 of the Santa Fe City Code (SFCC). The Santa Fe Fire Department is following the forest service regarding burn restrictions.

The City of Santa Fe Fire Department shall permit the following activities:
    All open burning, including camp fires, bonfires, pit barbecues, with the application and approval of a burn permit within the city limits of Santa Fe. The burning of weeds, trash, and vegetation are never permitted within the city limits.
   The use of charcoal barbecue grills in public parks and recreation areas.
    Smoking in public parks, recreation areas, or on any public trail.
    The use of any motorized ATV’s or motorcycles on City owned open space, parks, trails, or other recreational areas.

Charcoal barbecuing at home is still permitted providing the fire is closely monitored and fire-extinguishing equipment, such as a garden hose or fire extinguisher, is readily available.

All fireworks that fall in the dangerous fireworks category are still prohibited:

Dangerous fireworks means any firecracker, roman candle, skyrocket, torpedo, bomb, blank cartridge, cone-shape fountain, bottle rocket and flyer or any other type or form of explosive; any item that is self-propelling or the effect of which extends above fifteen feet (15') in height from the ground; or any article which produces a report by combustion, explosion or detonation.

All fireworks that fall in the safe and sane fireworks category—the sale and use of which shall be permitted at all times:

Safe and sane fireworks means all fireworks that have no report, that are not self-propelling and the effect of which does not extend above fifteen feet (15') in height from the ground, including the following:

            (1)       Snakes, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed twenty (20) grams each in weight;

            (2)       Smoke devices and spray balls, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed twenty-five (25) grams each in weight;

            (3)       Wheels, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed sixty (60) grams in weight per driver unit, but any number of drivers may be on any one wheel. The inside bore of driver tubes shall not be over one-half inch (1/2");

            (4)       Illuminating torches and colored fire in any form, total pyrotechnic composition of illuminating torches not to exceed one hundred (100) grams each in weight;

            (5)       Sparklers and dipped sticks, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed one hundred (100) gains in weight. Pyrotechnic composition containing any chlorate or perchlorate shall not exceed five (5) grams;

            (6)       Cylindrical fountains, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed seventy-five (75) grams each in weight. 'Me inside tube diameter shall not exceed three-fourths inch (3/4");

            (7)       Railway fuses, fuses, truck flares, hardship distress signals, smoke candles, smoke signals and smoke pots; and

            (8)       All other fireworks similar to the above, provided they are tested and approved by the chief of the fire department.