NM Fire News
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.”