Local Fire Agencies Warn About Fall Fire Danger – Please Be Fire Safe!
As the fall and winter holidays approach and more New Mexicans plan vacations or hunting trips close to home, local, federal and state fire agencies are urging caution about fire danger across many parts of the state.
Lack of moisture and warm mild conditions this fall have caused fine, grassy fuels and brush to dry, making them susceptible to wildfire.
While the immediate region shows Northern New Mexico at “High” Fire Danger risk, Los Alamos County will remain at “Moderate” risk until there is snow on the ground and fuel moisture percentages are up.
The fuel moisture percentages are very low for this time of year and the potential for a fire start and the fire sustaining growth here is very real.
Fall is the perfect time for residents to trim brush and trees away from their homes and fences, create a defensible space, use fire resistive materials where applicable, clean roofs and gutters, remove weeds and mow dry grass and properly dispose of the debris.
Los Alamos Fire Department, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the National Park Service and the Forest Service are all teaming together to reduce the fuel load and wildfire potential.
Fuels reduction projects are being implemented by each respective agency in an effort to address concerns in what may be another potentially critical spring fire season.
The smoke in the air, mowers on roadways, the sound of chainsaws are important reminders for residents to take the time to complete that last step, especially when creating defensible space around homes and property .
This last link in mitigation efforts may make the difference!
On behalf of the Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos National Laboratory please be fire safe. Reduce fire risk on your landscape and remember campfires dead out!
For more information on how to reduce your fire risk, contact the LAFD for FireWise Information at 505-662-8301.