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Fire safety stressed for off-road vehicle use

From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

-- Off-highway vehicle users are being urged to be extremely careful while riding in the dry conditions that have prompted fire restrictions and some closures of New Mexicos public and private lands.
State law requires that all off-highway vehicles used on public lands be equipped with U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestors. OHVs should only be used on designated trails and routes.

OHVs and other vehicles should never be ridden or parked over tall grass or other vegetation, as contact with an exhaust pipe or catalytic converter could start a fire.
Other safety precautions include securing safety chains on trailers, which could drag and cause sparks and ensuring all tires are properly inflated to avoid blowouts.
Before heading out, riders are advised to check conditions and restrictions by calling the fire restrictions hotline at (877) 864-6985. Fire restrictions and closure information can also be found online at

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