AFD firework safety tips for Fourth of July

July 1st, 2014 at 4:45 pm by under Latest Posts, Wildfires

Fire Department leaders are encouraging Metro Area residents to attend public firework displays instead of purchasing fireworks.

If residents must buy fireworks, buy from local vendors to be assured what you buy is safe and legal for use within the City of Albuquerque. People that purchase illegal fireworks and import them to use in the city are placing their community at risk for a disaster.

Firework Guidelines

The following fireworks are illegal:

  • Ground audible devices: Chasers and Fire crackers.
  • Aerial devices: including Aerial shell kits and Reloadable tubes, Aerial spinners, Helicopters, Mines, Missile-type, etc.
  • Once ignited, aerial and ground audible devices take an unpredictable flight path and pose a significant fire hazard to structures and vegetation. They also possess a significant injury potential to the user and innocent bystanders. These devices are also disturbing to public peace.

The following fireworks are legal and may be used:

  • Cone Fountains, Crackling Devices, Cylindrical fountains, and Flitter sparklers.
  • Ground Spinners, Illuminating torches, Toy smoke devices, and Wheels.

Firework Hotline

  • To report illegal fireworks on July 3rd, 4th, 5th from 7:00pm-1:00am call (505) 833-7335.
  • To report illegal fireworks any other time, call (505) 833-7390.

Units from the Albuquerque Fire Department will be patrolling from July 3th -5th inspecting local firework vendors and searching for illegal fireworks. Those who are caught WILL be cited and will have a mandatory court appearance.


  • Anyone who is caught with illegal fireworks will be cited, have their fireworks confiscated, must go to court and could face up to a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

Firework Safety

If you must use fireworks, please follow these firework safety tips:

  • Fireworks should not be used on “Red Flag Warning” days, as these days indicate extreme risk for fires. To keep current, go to www.weather.gov
  • What and where to buy -Always buy fireworks from local vendors.
  • Have a water source available close by.
  • Supervision – Always have an adult present and never allow children to use fireworks.
  • Use caution – Always use fireworks outdoors on a paved area clear from homes, trees, vegetation, and other combustible materials.
  • Follow directions – Always read and follow directions carefully. Only light one firework at a time then move away quickly.
  • Disposal – Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water.
  • Do not attempt to make your own fireworks. Homemade fireworks (for example, ones made of the powder from several firecrackers) can lead to dangerous and unpredictable explosions. In 2012, illegal and homemade fireworks were in involved in all 6 U.S deaths during the 4th of July holiday.


Day Planner: Friday, May 2nd, 2014

May 2nd, 2014 at 5:39 am by under Latest Posts, Wildfires

Finally, some relief is in sight!  It will be a cool start to your Friday but temperatures will start to rebound through the afternoon.  Expect mostly sunny skies with daytime highs near 74°.   Tonight will be calm and comfortable with lows near 47°.  The weekend will only get better!  We’ll hold onto the sunny skies as the temperatures climb even further.  Daytime highs this weekend will hit the 80s, and in some spots, mainly the SE, we’ll reach the 90s.

Have a marvelous Friday!

Meteorologist Kassandra Crimi



Prescribed burning to resume on Lincoln National Forest

November 1st, 2013 at 2:01 pm by under Latest Posts, Wildfires

Fire officials on the Lincoln National Forest’s Sacramento and Smokey Bear Districts plan to resume prescribed burning operations during the months of November and December.

Two projects on the Sacramento Ranger District that firefighters will focus on are located south and east of Cloudcroft, NM include:

  • Cox Canyon, 162 acres: slash piles; about 3 miles SE of Cloudcroft
  • Spud Forks Piles, 1200 acres: slash piles; 10 miles E of Cloudcroft near County Road C7 (Dry Canyon).

The projects on the Smokey Bear Ranger District are a part of the ongoing collaborative burn program in which multiple land and fire management agencies work together to accomplish critical Wildland Urban Interface treatments. Firefighters from Mescalero, Ruidoso Fire Department, and Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Departments may be observed on these projects, along with the Forest Service personnel. These projects include:

  • Section 16, 80 acres: broadcast burning of dry grass and needle cast in the Cedar Creek area, just past the Smokey Bear Ranger Station. This will include the fitness trail, picnic grounds and group campsites 1-3. (Ignitions are planned for November 12-14, but may be postponed if weather conditions are not favorable).
  • Perk Grindstone, 80 acres: hand-piled slash unit is located on Raven Ridge, behind Smokey Bear Ranger Station; between Cedar Creek and Brady Canyons. Ignitions will take place when snow is on the ground.
  • Slash piles: One to four large slash piles behind the Smokey Bear Ranger Station and along Cedar Creek road will be burned one pile per day, on good ventilation days when snow is on the ground.

Lincoln National Forest changes fire restrictions

July 11th, 2013 at 12:24 pm by under Wildfires

The recent rains in southern New Mexico have been a welcome change.

It has helped out with the fire danger somewhat.

The Lincoln National Forest will be scaling back fire restrictions to Stage 1.

It goes into effect starting Friday at 8 a.m.

The areas affected will be the Smokey Bear Ranger District, the Sacramento Ranger District and the Guadalupe Ranger District.

That means you can’t build fires or grill except in designated sites.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lifted in the Gila

July 9th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by under Wildfires

With the recent rainfall, stage one fire restrictions have been lifted in the Gila National Forest.

Visitors are now able to light campfires again in undeveloped areas of the forest.

A forest supervisor says fewer human-caused fires allowed for personnel to focus on the Silver Fire and other lightning-strike fires.

Visitors are still encouraged to practice appropriate campfire and smoking safety in the forest.