Disaster relief funds headed to NM

June 10th, 2013 at 3:57 pm by under Latest Posts, Wildfires

The federal government is sending New Mexico and 14 other states $67 million in disaster relief Monday to help recover from last year’s devastating wildfires and storms.

The funds had been held up for months by budget battles in congress and were stripped from the $60 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that passed in late January.

The money will be used to repair infrastructure and damaged stream beds that can lead to flooding or mudslides.

City, county announce fire closures

June 7th, 2013 at 2:26 pm by under Wildfires

Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque this afternoon announced new fire closures taking effect on Monday.

Portions of the Rio Grande Bosque and Sandia Mountains Foothills are being closed although some trails remain open.   The county is also closing open-space sites in the East Mountains.

KRQE News 13′s Emily Younger is covering this story for the 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. newscasts and for KRQE.com.

City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County:

Under the partial closure, citizens may still use the levee roads and established trails in the Bosque and Foothills. Citizens should not be off the established trails.

“The use of our citizens is part of the city’s Bosque preservation and Fire Prevention strategy.” Fire Chief James Breen said. “Limited public access maintains a human presence to report fires in the early stages, report suspicious activity and prohibited activities.”

Bernalillo County is closing the following East Mountain open space areas on Monday:

  • Carlito Springs
  • Ojito de San Antonio
  • Sabino Canyon
  • Sedillo Ridge
  • Sandia Knolls

Bosque and Foothill Area Rules

  • Stay on established paths and levee roads
  • Use of river is allowed if access to river is accomplished through established paths and levee roads.
  • Remain on alert.
  • Citizens cannot access Cibola National Forest and Grasslands wilderness from city open space areas.
  • Report suspicious activity to 505-242-COPS
  • Report any fires or other emergencies to 911

Open Burning Ban

  • Open burning has been banned in public and private outdoor areas within the municipal boundaries of the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Open burning
  • Bonfires
  • Recreational fires
  • Use of model rockets
  • Open flame devices
  • Burning may be done in an enclosed chamber devices such as cooking/outdoor grills.

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Photo: New wild fire sparks in NM

June 5th, 2013 at 5:18 pm by under Latest Posts, Photos, Wildfires

New fire started near Quemado, NM Wednesday. The fire 16 miles south of Quemado, NM and 4 miles west of Quemado Lake.

It was originally estimated to be 5 acres, but the fire has grown significantly since that last estimate.


New fire started near Quemado, NM. Fire started this Wednesday June 5, 2013 (Courtesy, Arnold Lapham)

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2 small fires reported in Manzanos

June 3rd, 2013 at 10:45 am by under Latest Posts, Wildfires

Two new fires have been reported Monday morning in the Manzanos.

One fire called the Bosque Fire is burning on the Bosque Trail on the eastside of the Manzanos. Crews are currently responding to that fire and believe it will be knocked down very quickly. At this time they do not know what caused that fire.

Another fire is burning on the west side of the Manzanos – east of Meadowlake in Valencia County. There is no size estimate of that fire and also no predicted cause.

The Forest Service has deployed single engine tankers to fight that fire hoping to take it down before it gets much momentum.