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The Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (FEMA) is pro­vid­ing more than $7.2 mil­lion to New Mex­ico for the state’s re­cent fire sup­pres­sion ef­forts in the 2011 Track and Don­ald­son fires.

“As New Mex­ico faces this on­go­ing drought, we are pre­par­ing for another po­ten­tially danger­ous fire sea­son,” said Se­na­tor Tom Udall. “These fed­eral grants are crit­i­cal in en­sur­ing that our state has the re­sources it needs to com­bat the wild­fires that threaten our homes and ways of life.”

The Forestry Divi­sion of the New Mex­ico En­ergy Min­eral, and Nat­u­ral Re­source De­part­ment will re­ceive two FEMA Fire Man­age­ment As­sis­tance Grant (FMAG) re­im­burse­ments in the amounts of over four mil­lion for the Track fire and over three mil­lion for the Don­ald­son fire.

Fire Man­age­ment As­sis­tance is avail­able to states, lo­cal, and tribal gov­ern­ments for the mit­i­ga­tion, man­age­ment, and con­trol of fires on pub­licly or pri­vately owned forests or grass­lands.

Pie Town has a new fire chief. Bruce Creg, who has been through train­ing at the New Mex­ico Fire Academy, took of­fice of­fi­cially as of March 1, 2013. Bruce is also a cer­ti­fied teacher for the NM Fire Academy.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the Pie Town Fire De­part­ment can call the de­part­ment at 575-772-2666, or drop by the de­part­ment. Pie Town is staffed fully by vol­un­teers.

With the ar­rival of spring winds, the Gila Na­tional For­est be­gan the Red Flag Aware­ness Pro­gram. The Red Flags will re­mind of el­e­vated fire risks on dry and windy days.

“Even a cig­a­rette tossed from a car win­dow, weld­ing with­out clear­ing a safe area, and lawn mower blades that strike rocks can pro­duce em­bers that move quickly through dry veg­e­ta­tion es­pe­cially dur­ing windy con­di­tions,” said Ellen Brown, Fire Pre­ven­tion Of­fi­cer for the Gila Na­tional For­est. “The in­tent of these flags is to in­crease vis­i­tor aware­ness of days when wind speeds and dry con­di­tions could quickly turn a spark into a rapidly spread­ing wild­fire if ex­tra care is not taken.”

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