With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, the Gallup Fire Department asks everyone to be careful when enjoying the outdoors due to the increased wildfire danger this year.
We urge safety and preparedness when traveling in wildland areas. Picnic and camp ground fire conditions may be extremely high and primed for wildfires, and it takes diligence from everyone to avoid sparking a fire.
Wildfires continue to burn near Silver City and much of the state remains at high risk for wildfires. Over 5,484 acres have burned so far. The potential for additional large, destructive fires only increases as we approach the summer time. Visitors to the recreational areas need to be extremely cautious and avoid starting any new fires while enjoying the last long weekend with their friends and families.
The Gallup Fire Department would like everyone to remember these important steps this holiday:
• Check for local fire restrictions
• Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of any campfire
• Have a responsible adult in attendance of fires at all times
• Ensure all campfires are completely extinguished before leaving the area
• Never leave a lit barbeque grill unattended
• Always be sure children are supervised by a responsible adult
• Clear leaves and other vegetation debris from roofs, gutters, porches and decks. This helps prevent embers for igniting your home.
• Weeds and dried vegetation should be removed and disposed properly.
• Electrical extension cords and/or holiday lighting kits should be removed to minimize fire risk.
• When grilling, check propane connections and hoses fittings prior to use.
• Used charcoal biscuits shall be properly disposed in a non-combustible container and soaked with water.
• Tow safely: dragging chains will throw sparks.
• Be wheel safe: Check tire pressure before leaving home