Mar 13 2018

Wildfire Season & Support Survey

New Mexico Ranchers Urged to Prepare for Wildfire Season

If you are able to provide locations for displaced livestock, feed, potential transportation, or other resources please click the link below and fill our the support survey so that our office can begin to compile a list of contacts and resources when the need arises. Please submit your information if you can be of assistance to wildfire victims. 

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With fires already burning in northern New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma, New Mexico ranchers are encouraged to make preparations now for what could be a long and severe 2018 wildfire season.

“It’s only March, but we are being told by the National Weather Service and U.S. Forest Service that we are in for an unusually bad fire season,” said Tom Sidwell, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) president, Quay.  “Thanks to a warm, relatively dry winter, conditions across the state are unfortunately perfect for wildfires, and they have gotten an early start.”

 The Stateline Fire burning in Union County, north of Clayton, New Mexico, was estimated as of March 10 to be at 21,253 acres, of which 7,160 acres has crossed over into Colorado. The fire has also crossed from New Mexico into Cimarron County in Oklahoma, making it one of the few fires that have burned in three states.

In Oklahoma, seventeen of more than 100 wildfires are still burning. At least 60 homes have been destroyed or damaged by the fires.  There are at least six people dead and a lot of livestock has burned or has been destroyed due to burns.

Agencies have asked the NMCGA to start looking at locations for displaced livestock, feed and potential transportation.  “We would like to start a list of our resources in the NMCGA office so that if and when the need arises we can respond immediately,” Sidwell noted.  “If you are willing to help out, please let us know where you are and what you can do.  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.”

Range fires are unpredictable, destructive and dangerous, he said, and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  “Above all else, please be safe.  In the past couple of years, two NMCGA board members have been badly burned fighting fire, with one fire claiming a life.”

The NMCGA has represented the beef industry in New Mexico and the West since 1914 and has members in all 33 of the state’s counties as well as some 14 other states. The Association participates in venues necessary to protect beef producers and private property rights including litigation, state and federal legislation and regulatory affairs.  

For further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / nmcga@nmagriculture.org email