ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - State officials met Friday morning to talk about the drought and fire danger on the heels of a new report saying New Mexico is in the worst shape of any state in the country.
But there was also discussion on how you can still enjoy the outdoors.
Popular destinations like Elephant Butte Lake State Park have been feeling the effects of the drought for a while now.
The report out this week shows 40 percent of New Mexico is in "exceptional drought."
Despite that they say summer recreation is not expected to be hampered.
"We're certainly struggling in a severe drought. However our state parks are open," Leela Hunt of the Office of the State Engineer said. "There's a lot of opportunities for biking, birding, hiking, fishing; there's a lot going on.
"We'd like New Mexicans to enjoy the parks and be outside and appreciate the sunshine."
As a reminder there are no open fires allowed in any of the open spaces and state parks.
Elsewhere Stage Two fire restrictions take effect at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Lincoln National Forest and on Monday morning in the Cibola National Forest Sandia and Mountainair ranger districts.
- No campfires - charcoal, coal wood or stove fires
- No smoking - except in an enclosed vehicle or building
- No explosives like fire works or pyrotechnic devices
- No chain saws or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine.
- No welding or operating torches with an open flame.
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