ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The welcome return of rainy weather to much of New Mexico has various agencies cutting back on fire restrictions or lifting them altogether.
On Friday the New Mexico State Forestry Division ended its restriction from much of the state. That covers lands outside the jurisdiction of federal, tribal and municipal governments.
The restrictions banning campfires, smoking and other open fires on state controlled lands were put into effect in May because of the severe drought.
Local restrictions may still be in place in some areas, according to State Forestry.
The action does not affect state trust lands managed by the State Land Office where restrictions remain in place.
Also on Friday Fenton Lake and Hyde state parks reopened after being closed by the fire danger. Morphy Lake State Park is scheduled to reopen on Saturday.
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District announced it will lift the closure of the Rio Grande bosque in controls in Bernalillo, Valencia and Socorro counties on Tuesday. Rio Rancho said its section of bosque also will open on Tuesday.
The stretch of bosque co-managed by the conservancy district and the city of Albuquerque remains closed although the city is studying whether to lift its closure.
The Cibola National Forest has scaled back to Stage One fire restrictions in the Magdalena and Mount Taylor ranger districts. Closures remain in effect for the Sandia and Mountainair districts.
However some county-enforced burn bans and other national forests closures remain in effect for now.
Michael Meek, fire chief for the Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue Department, said the recent rains and higher humidity have reduced the fire danger.
Igniting fireworks, starting and maintaining any fires or smoking in the Rio Rancho Bosque area is still prohibited, according to the release.
You can find out more information about forestry restrictions here.
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