Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center

Wildfire season is here, and now is the time to get ready. Learning about wildfire danger and being prepared can help reduce the threat of fires to our natural surroundings, our homes, and our communities. 

These helpful tips and resources aim to provide New Mexicans with the best information available to prepare for fire season.

Active Wildfire Information

Wildfire Preparedness

  • New Mexico Wildfire Information -- information for active fires, protection, prevention, and rehibilitation.
  • New Mexico Ready, Set, Go Wildfire Tips and Planning -- tips on how to create a defensible space and harden your home, prepare for emergencies, and what do in case of an emergency. 
  • American Red Cross Wildfire Preparedness -- tips on preparing for, responding to, and recovering after a fire for your home. 
  • Firewise -- information on preparedness, defensible space around homes and communities, and online courses. 
  • After Wildfire -- guide and resource to help families and communities recover after a wildfire. The guide includes helpful tips on immediate safety, how to mobilze your community, who can help, post-fire treatments for land, and other additional resources. 

Wildfire Prevention

  • Be Smart Outdoors -- information on how to prevent wildfires from campfires, debris burning, and equipment use. 
  • Practice Wildfire Safety -- prevention recommendations before, during, and after a fire. 
  • Know The Risk -- learn about fire restrictions and closures in all 33 New Mexico Counties or call 1-877-864-6985

For Businesses

Additional Resources And Contacts

Additional Safety Tips:

  • Do not use fireworks of any kind; 
  • Use caution and common sense before lighting any fire; 
  • Understand that any fire you create could become a wildfire;
  • Never, ever leave any fire unattended;
  • Properly extinguish and discard smoking materials; 
  • Be aware of your surroundings and careful when operating equipment including off road vehicles during perids of dry or hot weather;  
  • Speak up and step in when you see someone in danger of starting a wildfire; and
  • Be prepared for any emergency by putting together a disaster kit and family evacuation plan. 

Common ways you could unintentionally start a wildfire:

  • Unattended debris burning; 
  • Equipment fires such as from lawnmowers, ATVs, power equipment; 
  • Smoking; 
  • Unattended campfires; 
  • Children playing with matches or lighters; and
  • Fireworks.  

To sign up for New Mexico’s Forestry’s Wildfire Alert email, please click here

Interactive map provided by Southwest Coordination Center helps track current wildifire incidents. For more information please click here.


  • Heinrich, Flake Introduce Bill To Protect And Restore Watersheds In National Forests

    U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), both members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 1780, the Restoring America's Watersheds Act, a bill to protect, restore, and improve the health of watersheds in national forests. The proposal would prioritize fire-impacted watersheds and encourage partnerships with non-federal stakeholders to invest in forests that provide important water resources. Read More

  • Heinrich To Host Teleconference With Reporters On Wildfire Funding Reform

    As New Mexico enters wildfire season, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) will hold a press teleconference call today, Tuesday, May 5, at 2:30 p.m. MT / 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss his effort to overhaul federal wildfire policy to boost funding for fire prevention and treat the largest wildfires as natural disasters. Read More

  • Heinrich To Call For Wildfire Funding Reform In Committee Hearing

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will participate in a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5, at 10 a.m. ET/8 a.m. MT, where he will call for wildfire funding reform and highlight the importance of wildfire prevention programs in New Mexico, including hazardous fuel reduction, stewardship contracting, and watershed restoration. The committee will receive testimony on the federal government's role in wildfire management, impact of fires on communities, and potential fire operation improvements. Senator Heinrich is a cosponsor of S.235, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015, which would treat the largest fires--roughly 1 percent of annual fires--as natural disasters, and fund firefighting efforts from a disaster account similar to the one that funds hurricane and other natural disaster relief efforts. Read More

  • VIDEO: Heinrich Fights For Wildfire Funding Reform, Advocates For Healthy Watersheds

    Today during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on forest health, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) advocated for wildfire funding reform to restore New Mexico's forests to healthy conditions in order to reduce catastrophic wildfires. The senator also discussed the affects watersheds have on outdoor recreation and permit programs in New Mexico. A list of the witnesses at today's hearing is available here. Read More

  • VIDEO: Heinrich Calls For Wildfire Funding Reform; Solutions To Reduce Outdoor Recreation Permit Backlog

    Today, during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the U.S. Forest Service's fiscal year 2016 budget request, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) continued his fight to reform federal wildfire policy. He urged the need for more resources to restore New Mexico's national forests to healthy conditions in order to reduce the cost of catastrophic wildfires. The committee heard testimony from U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell. Read More

  • Heinrich To Participate In Hearing On U.S. Forest Service's FY16 Budget

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, will participate in a full committee hearing today, Thursday, February 26, at approximately 9:45 a.m. ET/7:45 a.m. MT on the U.S. Forest Service's fiscal year 2016 budget request. The committee will receive testimony from U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell. The hearing will stream live online.  Read More