City of Albuquerque Preparing for a Severe Fire Season

Albuquerque Fire Rescue is expecting a busier than normal wildfire season due to dry conditions and recent drought.

May 14, 2021

Mayor Keller was joined by Interim Fire Chief Gene Gallegos and Director of Parks and Recreation, Dave Simon to warn the public about the upcoming wildfire season and how dry conditions and drought have made the situation more dangerous. With the lack of significant precipitation and an almost non-existent monsoon season in 2020, the entire state of New Mexico is currently in severe fire conditions.

“We are lucky to have over 30,000 acres of open space right here in Albuquerque, much more than most cities,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “As we head into a drier than usual summer, we need everyone’s help to protect these precious lands that we all get to enjoy.”

Albuquerque Fire Rescue has partnered with APD Open Space, BCFD, USFS, NM State Forestry and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division to proactively monitor our 34,000 acres of Open Spaces and keep them safe during the current dry conditions. AFR’s Wildland Task Force is staffed by five stations, five-Type 6 Engines, one-Type 3 Engine and 34 members on duty every-day, prepared to respond to any Wildland Fire Emergency. Level 1 Patrols will begin soon with Wildland Units patrolling during the critical hours of 12:00pm-8:00pm (units will be added based on conditions).

“We are in critical Fire Weather conditions with the on-going drought, high heat, and lack of precipitation,” said Fire Chief Gene Gallegos. “We as a community have a shared responsibility to keep our Open Spaces safe for all to enjoy.”

The following fire restrictions are established for all open space areas in the municipal boundaries of the City of Albuquerque or owned by the City of Albuquerque. Increased fire restrictions shall be determined by the Fire Chief and shall be based upon current fire indices, fire behavior predictions, current and expected weather conditions, drought indices, human factors, ignition factors and local factors that would cause undue strain on local fire agencies in the event of a fire.

  • No campfires or stove fires; no camping
  • No smoking 
  • No fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices
  • No off-roading
  • No operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal or external combustion engine
  • No operating spark-emitting equipment
  • No welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame

Each violation shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment