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wildfire preparedness

wildfire preparedness

On May 4, 2022, U.S. President Joe Biden approved a Major Disaster Declaration for New Mexico in the wake of several ongoing wildfires. The Major Disaster Declaration will open up access to Public Assistance and Individual Assistance funds from FEMA. Public Assistance supports the restoration and reconstruction of public infrastructure and lands. Individual Assistance supports families from losses suffered due to the fires. To apply for these resources, contact FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or apply online at disasterassistance.gov. 

Southwest Wildfire Interactive Map  

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

Information On Help Available

Evacuation Status Map

The map below shows areas in an evacuation status and is updated in real-time. Please use this to help determine the evacuation status of your area. The green areas are in GO, or mandatory evacuation status. Yellow means Set, and Red means Ready. 

Active Wildfire Information

Wildfire Preparedness

  • New Mexico Wildfire Information: List of helpful links to information for active fires, protection, prevention, and rehabilitation.
  • Firewise: Information on preparedness, defensible space around homes and communities, and online courses.
  • 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. 
  • 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

  • Prevention How-Tos: 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.  

Latest News

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives-Elect Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.), and Gabe Vasquez (D-N.M.) filed a public comment letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell and...
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) and Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) announced an additional $1.45 billion to fund the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Claims Office. The funding is included as part of the...
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) and Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) announced that New Mexicans impacted by the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire can now submit a Notice of Loss form to signal interest in beginning the claims process with the...
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) and Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is waiving cost-share program requirements for agricultural producers and landowners impacted by the Hermit’s...
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) and Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) secured $2.5 billion to support New Mexico residents and business owners impacted by this year’s Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon fires. The aid for New Mexico was...