- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal officials say dry conditions have prompted them to impose fire restrictions on national grasslands in eastern New Mexico, West Texas and a small portion of Oklahoma.

U.S. Forest Service officials in Albuquerque say the level-two restrictions include lands within the boundaries of the McClellan Creek National Grasslands near Amarillo and the Rita Blanca National Grasslands, which cover parts of all three states.

Officials say fire danger is increasing and the restrictions will remain in place at least through the end of the year if conditions don’t improve.

The restrictions prohibit campfires, fireworks and smoking except when inside a vehicle or building. Driving off designated roads or using certain equipment with an open flame also is prohibited.

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