Memorial Day Weekend may signal the start of summer, but unfortunately, it also signals the start of something less fantastic -- fire season in New Mexico.
In the mountains, high winds, a dry climate and one careless moment can spell disaster. County fire officials say the public should first be aware and prepare, whether they are staying in the backyard or heading into the mountains.
Ben Stone, acting deputy chief of the Los Alamos Fire Department, first recommends checking local fire conditions before heading out. Fire conditions are listed on the department’s web page at losalamosnm.us/fire. The public can find current conditions on the site.
Fire officials are calling for moderate conditions for Memorial Day weekend. But that could change. “Moderate” means fire hazards are low, according to the site. Conditions could change quickly though, so it’s always a good thing to keep checking.
Besides the web, the public can also call the U.S. Forest Service hotline at 877-864-6985 to get info on fire restrictions and closures.
As far as fireworks, Stone said most of the accidents they’ve seen involve people underestimating their power and their flammability. If fireworks are in the cards this weekend, check for restrictions, Stone said.