The wildfire season in the U.S. generally extends from March 1st through November 30th. The Wildfire Season has started early this year with the numerous small fires in the Bosque.
In 2009, New Mexico experienced 1,278 wild fires which burned 421,481 acres. It is up to us to be aware and responsible in preventing wild fires.
Causes of Wild Fires
- Sparks from falling rocks
- Volcanic Activity
- Human Activity is the primary cause of wild land fires
Every year people are forced to evacuate and lose their homes and possessions because of wild fires. There are precautions we can take to protect our homes and families from this devastating force.
Stage I Fire Restrictions are in place throughout the year in all Open Space areas. These restrictions include:
1. No Smoking
2. No Fireworks
3. No Open Fires (e.g. campfires, BBQs)
4. No Camping
Anyone found in violating these restrictions are subject to a fine of up to $500.00, imprisonment up to 90 days, or both. Citizens that witness suspicious activity need to call 242-COPS.
Fire Safety Outside
- Construct roofs and exterior structures of dwellings with non-combustible or fire resistant materials such as fire resistant roofing materials, tile, slate, sheet iron, aluminum, brick, or stone.
- Treat wood siding, cedar shakes, exterior wood paneling, and other highly combustible materials with fire retardant chemicals.
- Clear a perimeter of defensible space around homes. Clear combustible vegetation in a 100 foot radius from any structure.
- Use non-flammable landscaping materials within 5 ft of the house.
- Clean dead leaves and needles from your roof and gutters.
- Cover chimneys and stovepipes with non-flammable mesh.
- Stack woodpiles 100 feet from all structures.
Fire Safety Inside:
- Install smoke alarms.
- Install smoke alarms in bedrooms if you sleep with the door closed.
- Keep a charged, ABC-type fire extinguisher in the kitchen and garage; make sure family members know how to properly use it.
- Have an evacuation plan and practice it once a month