ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A record-breaking drought and the onset of an intense wildfire season mandates diligent fire safety protocol from all New Mexicans.
The US Forest Service urges the public to heed safety protocol as New Mexico enters a fire season that is drier, and more volatile, than usual. The conditions bring a higher chance of fast-moving, intense wildfires.
The public plays a critical role in preventing unwanted wildfires and can assist land management and emergency response agencies by following posted rules and following simple steps.
Among those, only burning fires when and where it is allowed, keeping fires small, never leaving them unattended and making sure they are completely drowned with dirt and water when finished.
For more information on how to prevent forest fires, visit their website.