Mayor Hosts Fire Roundtable

City officials are anticipating this fire season to be one of the worst

Mayor Richard J. Berry hosted a Roundtable of fire experts Friday in an attempt to prepare for what weather experts are predicting to be one of the worst fire seasons in a decade.

The Roundtable consisted of Albuquerque firefighters and police officers, meteorologists from the National Weather Service, the U.S. Forest Service, State Forestry, Environmental Health, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Affairs

“We want to be ready for this fire season,” Mayor Berry said. “This Roundtable put some of the best minds in the same room and they came away with ideas to make our community safer.”

At the roundtable, officials discussed proactive ways to address the upcoming fire season such as increasing patrols along the Bosque, placing warnings on electronic billboards and developing a single number people can call to report suspicious activity.

Also at the roundtable:
• The Weather Service conducted a briefing on the forecast for coming months.
• AFD’s Wildland Fire expert presented a status on the department’s of wildfire suppression efforts.
• Albuquerque Office of Emergency Management gave a report on Readiness of city’s Emergency Operations Center and other emergency management resources
• Albuquerque police presented its evacuation plans.
• City public information officers discussed steps needed to educate the public on current fire dangers.

“This round table brought together the cast of players who would respond to a major fire in the bosque, on the west mesa, in the foothills,” Chief Breen said. “This is about reinforcing relationships and increasing communication.”