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New Mexico Wildfire Information



This page seeks to provide quick access to resources and information about Wildfires and Wildfire Prevention in New Mexico. 

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NM Wildfire Information Contents See the following sections for links to information and resources:

  • Wildfire Tracking and Real-Time Information
  • Protection and Prevention: WIldfire Planning Information
  • Planting Ahead: Fire-Resistant Plants
  • Burned Area Rehabilitation

  

 Wildfire Tracking and Real-Time Information

Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES)

FRAMES strives to provide a convenient, systematic exchange of information and technology within the wildland fire research and management community.

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Southwest Fire Science Consortium

The consortium is a way for managers, scientists, and policymakers to interact and share science. Their goal is to see the best science used to make management decisions, and for scientists to be working on questions that managers need answered.

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NM Fire Information:

An interagency effort by federal and state agencies in New Mexico to provide timely, accurate fire and restriction information for the entire state.

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Southwest Coordination Center

 Provides Wildfire information for New Mexico and Arizona. Southwest Coordination Center is the interagency focal point for coordinating the mobilization of resources between the twelve Federal and State Dispatch Centers of the Southwest and, when necessary, the National Coordination Center in Boise, ID.  The SWCC mobilizes resources for wildland fire, prescribed fire, and all-risk incidents, and provides Predictive Services and Intelligence related-products in support of incident management decision-making for wildland fire managers and on-the-ground wildland firefighters. 

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InciWeb Map

 An Interactive map designed to help locate wildland fire and other natural resource incidents. Can be used for additional information on wildfires in other western states

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NPR Special Series Megafires: The New Normal in the Southwest

An NPR Special Feature on "MegaFires" in the Southwest

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Public Lands Fire News

Provides the latest information about closures and fire restriction in New Mexico and Arizona.

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 Protection and Prevention: WIldfire Planning Information

  • NM Forestry Divison: website with information about wildfire protection and prevention
  • Fire Safety Planning for Your Home: Information curated by New Mexico State Foresty about creating defensible space around your home.
  • Fire Prevention Tips for The Outdoors: Information curated by New Mexico State Foresty about reducing fire risk from campfires, vehicles, smoking, chainsaws, and fireworks.
  • Living With Fire: A publication produced specifically for NM communities to help  New Mexicans live more safely with the threat of wildfire
  • Ready, Set, Go!a program to develop and improve dialogue between community fire departments and the residents they serve.
  • Southwest Coordination Center (SWCC’s) Website with more links for fire prevention information and fire-prevention posters.  
  • Firewise – website with resources for and about Firewise communities by the National Fire Protection Association

 This site has useful information for:

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Fire-Resistant Plants

You can access information about all types of native plant materials, including plants for rehabilitating burned areas and fire-resistant plants for defensible space, by going to the following links.

NM Forestry Division publishes a list of fire-resistant plants http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/FD/Publications/FireResistantPlants.htm

NM Forestry Division’s Seedling Program:  Offers a list of available seedlings, color catalog, planting instructions, seedling care, order forms, order online.

NM Forestry Division Documents about plant materials:


  • Los Lunas (NM) Plant Materials CenterThe Los Lunas Plant Materials Center (PMC) is part of a nationally coordinated plant materials program operated by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. PMC develop the technology to produce native plants, install field plantings, and provide information to landowners, managers, and cooperators. 
  • National/New Mexico Plants Database:   Has downloadable profiles and plant guides about important conservation plants, nationally and by state.

 

  • NM Forest ReLeaf ProgramNM Forestry Division’s annual grants program that funds community tree planting projects, up to $6,000, with a required 20% in-kind match.  The annual grant guidelines are available in April and due in August each year.
 

Burned Area Rehabilitation

Colorado State Forest Service InformationPost-fire rehabilitation information

Learn about some common emergency rehabilitation practices: 

Fact sheets offering additional information:

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Arizona Wildfire Recovery TipsPost-fire rehabilitation information curated by USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service in Arizona.  While the contact information is specific to resources in those areas, the general information about emergency planning, rehabilitation, weather service alerts, preparing for flooding, public health tips, and home protection measures is relevant across the Southwest.

Topics include:

  • Wildfire risk reduction and recovery tips for homeowners
  • Seedling information for homeowners in SE Arizona and the Wallow Fire area
  • Burned area rehabilitation practices
  • Burlap bag check dams
  • Drainage tips
  • Reseeding and establishing ground cover
  • Straw mulching
  • Jute netting
  • Sandbag protection
  • Silt fence
  • Straw bale check dams
  • Straw bale dikes
  • Vegetation establishment for soil protection
  •  Flood preparedness guides for Apache and Coconino Counties.

 

NRCS’ Emergency Watershed Protection Programs (EWP)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the EWP Program, which responds to emergencies created by natural disasters, such as wildfires and floods. Funding for the program is provided through emergency congressional appropriations.

The websites have technical information about:

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Program

  • The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program
    (BAER) is an emergency response, not a long- term rehabilitation program. Its primary objectives are to identify significant post-fire threats. If necessary and feasible, actions that have been proven to be effective are undertaken BEFORE a significant damaging weather event to manage unacceptable risks.

Hydrophobic Soils - Information about Hydrophobic Soils that form in the wake of wildfires: Hydrophobicity. Soil Quality Technical Note available under Soil Quality Publications on the Soil Quality Institute web page.

 

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