Pecos Canyon News
Despite our best attempts and despite the support and help from many people, today I was officially terminated by San Miguel county.
My experience as a paid fire fighter retiring from Los Alamos Fire department five years ago, taught me what a quality department should consist of and what we needed to do to reach that level. I and the members of the department worked hard toward those goals. My focus during this time was entirely on reaching those goals. We completed many that I am very proud of. Unfortunately, we did not complete all the goals we set out to accomplish.
I would like to thank all of you who supported me and Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue over the years, and especially over the past four years since I became its volunteer Chief.
The status and future of the department is unclear at this point. If you have questions about that, direct them to the San Miguel County manager.
I am very proud of the work we did and the accomplishments made for the benef ~Eric Roybal
San Miguel County has just released the new alert notification system for the area. Go to http://tinyurl.com/smc-lv-oem-alert and sign up! Please share this with everyone you know. ~Eric Roybal
UPDATE: All three call boxes in the canyon are now in full service. We would like to thank all who assisted with this project!
UPDATE: The call box at Terrero is now fully functional.
As most of you know, there is no cell phone service north of mile marker ten in the Pecos Canyon. As a result, if there is an emergency in the canyon, visitors must drive back down the canyon to call 911. To try to minimize this, Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue, with a generous grant from the Philip R. Jonsson Foundation is installing 3 emergency call boxes in the canyon. One call box is at our station, one is at the Terrero Store and the third is at Cowles near the ponds. We have been working on this project for over a year. I am proud to say that our first call box (at our fire station) is in full service! ~Eric Roybal
The Pecos Canyon is experiencing drought conditions and as a result has had many wildfires, including some very large ones in recent years. While some of these fires have been the result of natural ignition, others have been human caused and could have been prevented.
Please be careful with fire!
- Adhere to all fire restrictions and closures, they are for the safety and benefit of all.
- Report others who are not complying.
- Be extremely careful with ashes, place them in a fire proof container and in a safe place.
- If you have a wood stove in your house, make sure the chimney has a spark arrester.
- Use caution when driving your vehicle in tall grass, vehicle exhaust systems can easily ignite dry fuels .
- If you are using a chainsaw, pump, ATV, etc., assure they also have a spark arrester.
- Do not throw cigarette butts from your vehicle and report others that do.
If a Wildfire is Burning Near Your Home:
• Stay calm.
• Call 911 to report a fire.
Only if Safe To Do So:
- Cover all eave and roof vents.
- Cover large picture windows with plywood.
- Close all windows and doors; open drapes.
- Leaving sprinklers running around the residence can help protect your home.
- Gather and take only your most important items; legal documents, family photos.
- Evacuate to a safe location as soon as possible.
- If possible, leave a note or sign in a visible area letting firefighters know that the residence has been evacuated and if utilities have been turned off.
A Pre-Incident Plan can be very helpful to emergency responders. Click here to access the Pre-Incident Plan.
Ready, Set, Go!
The Ready, Set, Go! Program utilizes firefighters to teach individuals who live in high risk wildfire areas and the wildland-urban-interface (WUI) how to best prepare themselves and their properties against fire threats. Ready, Set, Go! works in complimentary and collaborative fashion with Firewise and other existing wildland fire public education efforts. It amplifies their messages to individuals to better achieve the common goal we all share of fire-adapted communities. Click here for more information.
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