County commissioners hear presentation on cost of restoring healthy forests and watersheds

Dr. Brent Racher, a fire ecologist and president of the New Mexico Forest Industry Association, spoke to Lincoln County commissioners regarding the need to restore healthy watersheds. He stressed the necessity of long-term financial commitment in maintaining the health of Lincoln County forests and watersheds,

Fire-Fighting Tankers to Remain at Alamogordo and Roswell

An article posted on the Ruidoso News website on June 30, 2014 stated that single-engine air tankers (SEAT) that dispense fire retardant slurry on wildfires will continue to be based in Alamogordo and Roswell rather than at the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport.

Firefighter Training with Controlled Burns, a Collaborative Project

Every year in spring when the winds pick up and the land dries out, residents in Lincoln County understandably get a little nervous as fire danger increases. We have been lucky that the conditions in 2013 and 2014 have provided a bit more moisture then the conditions in 2012 which fueled the Little Bear Fire. […]

The Yarnell Hill Fire – One Year Later

Certain wildfires have literally changed the nature of firefighting in the US. Such fires, often at the cost of numerous lives and substantial property damage, have increased our understanding of fire behavior as well as procedures for fighting wildland fires more safely and efficiently. 

The message is speading

Today’s New York Times has an excellent op-ed piece on the fire situation in the Southwest.

Sherry Robinson (Carlsbad News): A New Chapter in Fire Prevention

Ms. Robinson of the Carlsbad News has written an excellent editorial titled Fire Prevention is a New Chapter, Even For Smokey Bear. She discusses the new reality of wildfires in our state, and what we need to do in terms of fire prevention given the new reality.  

Stage I Fire Restrictions in Lincoln National Forest

On May 21, 2014, Stage I Fire Restrictions will go into effect for the entire Lincoln National Forest. 

Southwest Coordination Center & Alamogordo Interagency Dispatch Center Websites

The Southwest Coordination Center (SWCC) coordinates and mobilizes fire resources across the Southwest Area (Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Texas and Oklahoma). Their website lists fire information and fire restrictions for those geographic areas, but it’s more than just a rehash of information from other sites. (See links at right.)

New Mexico Fire Information Website

The New Mexico Fire Information website is an interagency site that lists all fires (wildfires, prescribed burns, etc.), fire restrictions, and fire danger ratings in New Mexico. (See link at right.)

InciWeb Incident Information System Website

The InciWeb site has a wealth of information regarding wildfires across the U.S. InciWeb is an Incident Information System maintained by multiple government agencies. (See link at right.)