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Albuquerque Fire Rescue Joins Fight Against Wildfires

AFR provides resources for wildland fires statewide

April 26, 2022

As wildfires continue to burn across the state, Albuquerque Fire Rescue (AFR) is providing several of its Wildland resources to assist with the wildfire effort.

AFR has assisted with three fires during the month of April; Big Hole, Hermit’s Peak, and Calf Canyon. A total of 70 AFR members have responded, and the department continues to evaluate resources that can be provided to other areas.

“Our firefighters are doing an amazing job of containing the Bosque fires as quickly as possible. As the largest Fire Department in the State, AFR continues to step up and provide help to smaller communities, at the same time keeping our resources in Albuquerque ready in order to protect our valuable open spaces,” said Fire Chief Gene Gallegos.

AFR has responded to multiple fires in the Metro. This month, the Wildland Task Force was activated 16 times for containment and suppression. There have been over 60 wildland and brush fire dispatches so far this year.

“AFR is deployed across the state to help our neighbors fight these wildfires that are threatening homes and treasured land because that’s the New Mexican way,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We are all thinking of those who have lost homes this spring and are grateful to the first responders from every agency working to contain the fires as well as our entire AFR team that continues to keep our communities safe in Albuquerque.”