Preparing for wildfire season
Dry weather is no stranger to New Mexico residents. Dry conditions in our state can mean an increased risk for fires, so it is important for us all to do our part to help prevent wildfires and to prepare for fire season. Here are a few tips you can follow around your homes and businesses:
- Reduce the amount of vegetation around your home. Mow grass and weeds, thin and prune trees and shrubs, and dispose of debris.
- Clean up dried leaves and grasses that accumulate in your yard. They could catch fire and spread quickly.
- Be sure to clear gutters, and other places that debris may collect, like under porches and patios.
- Keep dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
- Keep grass and weeds growing around power poles and under power lines trimmed back.
- If you have a pile of firewood, stack is away from your house.
- Put together a family plan in case of an emergency, and prepare for outages ahead of time by preparing an outage kit. Find more information on outage safety and preparedness here. For additional information on disaster supply kits, Ready.gov is a great resource.
- Ensure that all family members in your home have the contact information of a common contact outside the area in which you live. This friend or relative can act as a focal point for your family in case you accidentally get separated.
- Sign up for emergency alert notifications through your county or other local resource. Sign up for wildfire updates on the New Mexico Fire Information website.
- Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed line is energized, even if it's not sparking, arcing, or on fire. Call PNM at 888-DIAL-PNM.
For additional information and tips on preparing your home for wildfire, visit the National Fire Protection Associations website.
PNM wildfire mitigation
PNM takes wildfire mitigation very seriously and we work year-round to minimize the risk of wildfires. Safety is the highest priority and we work closely with first responders and forest management agencies to prevent and respond to wildfires.
PNM has been studying industry best practices and we are working on an extensive Wildfire Mitigation Plan, which we plan to complete in Summer of 2020.
Our current fire mitigation efforts include:
- Routinely inspecting and trimming trees that can come into contact with power lines.
- PNM works with tree trimming contractors who are trained in wildfire mitigation efforts and are skilled in recognizing the signs of a potential wildfire threat.