New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez directed the activation of the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center Thursday to assist in the coordinated response to the Timberon Fire in Otero County.
Martinez also announced that federal funding to help cover costs associated with fighting the fire has been approved.
“First and foremost, our priority is protecting the people of Timberon and surrounding areas,” Martinez said. “I’ve directed our state agencies to work together to ensure that all resources are available to assist in fighting the fire. Sadly, the fire may have already destroyed more than a dozen homes, and many more are at risk. I ask New Mexicans to join me in praying for the residents of Timberon.”
The state has been approved for a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover 75 percent of the cost of suppressing the fire. Eligible costs include pre-positioning of resources, evacuations and sheltering, traffic control, and fire equipment.
Additionally, Martinez has directed state agencies such as the New Mexico State Police, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, New Mexico State Forestry, and others to assist in the response to the fire.
Earlier today, the Governor joined the New Mexico National Guard for a flyover of the affected areas to survey the damage, and received a briefing from incident commanders and first responders on the fire. The Timberon Fire has burned an estimated 290 acres so far. State, local, and federal partners involved will continue to monitor and respond to the fire in a coordinated manner.
New Mexico State Forestry and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management urge all state residents and visitors to do their part in preventing and being prepared for wildfire. Should evacuations because of wildfire become necessary, remember the “Five Ps” you need to have ready to go: People, important Papers, Prescriptions, family Pictures and Pets.
For information about the Timberon Fire, active wildland fire in New Mexico or information on wildfire preparedness and prevention, log onto www.nmfireinfo.com or www.inciweb.org.