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Fire Evacuations: What you need to know

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New Mexico’s wildfire season is here. When wildfires start they can quickly spread. Depending on the fire conditions, officials will call for evacuations. New Mexico Fire has created a guide on what you need to prepare for.

To download the checklist, visit https://nmfireinfo.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/new-mexico-guide-20171.pdf.

What to do before evacuation

Be Prepared:

Inside checklist, if time allows:

Outside checklist if time allows:

Emergency Supply List

The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management recommends that families have three types of emergency supply kits assembled before a wildfire starts. 1 kit at home, 1 kit in the car, and 1 kit per individual that is portable.

For more information on basic kit supplies, visit https://www.ready.gov/kit

When to Leave

According to the NM Fire guide, do not wait to be advised to leave if there is a possible threat to your home or evacuation route. Leave as early as you can to avoid being caught in the fire.

Where to Go

Leave to a predetermined location. Fire officials will be sending out information on evacuation areas for residents.

Protect Your Home

When it comes to protecting your home from wildfires, it first begins with creating a buffer between the structure and the wildland area. To help protect your home, create three zones.

Courtesy of NM Fire

Zone 1: 0-30 feet around your home or to the property line.

Zone 2: 30-100 feet around your home or to the property line.

Zone 3: 100-200 feet around your home or to the property line