Fireadapted NM is developing a FAC Leader's Network! A series of webinars with FAC partners will focus on developing the Leader's Network, training materials, and training curriculum. You access a recording of the first webinar at If you are interested in participating in future webinars please contact Matt Piccarello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Passionate and Motivated CWPP Core Team

We had an unseasonably wet summer in northern New Mexico, which led to a fairly quiet fire season. As a result, the Forest Service was able to manage several naturally ignited fires for resource benefit. For those of us working to promote fire adapted communities, it has been a good opportunity to take stock of our mitigation and planning efforts.

Read more: Learning in Taos Part 1

Michael Chen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more: Major insurer now offering 'wildfire deductible'

CWPP Updates and Leveraging Resources

It was a clear sunny day in September when I drove north from Santa Fe to Questa, New Mexico to meet with Ron Gardiner. Ron is leading an update of the 2009 Taos County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The small town of Questa is dominated by the 1996 Hondo Fire scar, which burned the entire mountain face east of town. Ron began our conversation discussing his history with that fire and its watershed effects.

Read more: Learning in Taos Part 2

Learning to learn from bushfires

By Graham Dwyer, Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne

Read more: Learning to Learn from Bushfire

We assessed wildfire mitigation activities in the wild- land-urban interface (WUI) of New Mexico to identify which strategies are most effective. First, we modeled how fuel treatments change wildfire behavior in 12 WUI areas.

Read more: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Wildfire Mitigation in the Wildland Urban...

Montana Public Radio By EDWARD O'BRIEN • APR 7, 2016

The summer fire season is just around the corner, and a lifelong Montana firefighter says lots of homes in the area are at risk.
Dick Mangan owns Missoula’s Blackbull Fire Consulting business.

Read more: Protecting The Wildland-Urban Interface Stretches Firefighters Thin

The State of New Mexico and collaborative stakeholders have made a concerted effort over the past fifteen years to identify areas throughout the state that are at risk for wildland fires. Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) have become the primary mechanism for evaluating risk due to their emphasis on community involvement and assessment of local resources.

Read more: 2015 CWPP Update Guidelines

Registration for the 2016 Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Summit is now open. This year’s WUI Summit will be held March 31st through April 2nd in Silver City, New Mexico at the Besse-Forward Global Resource Center on the Western New Mexico University Campus.

Read more: 2016 WUI Summit

 A short video explaining firefighters' roles in ecological restoration.  From USDA's RESTORE series..

Read more: Firefighters and Ecological Restoration

Back to Top