We begin this letter to the community with our deepest and sincerest thank you. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation with the Village and fire Incident Management Team (IMT) during the Luna Fire. While the fire has not been fully contained nor fully suppressed at this time and still presents a potential threat to ours and surrounding communities; the threat has been reduced a significant amount. Due to the latest information provided by the IMT in this morning’s daily briefing we are no longer asking that all vacation and other short-term rentals be canceled or that reservations be further suspended in the coming weeks. All Businesses, owners and short-term rentals may return to pre-Luna Fire levels of operations.
We ask that individuals with compromised health issues to include respiratory or heart conditions or are sensitive to wildfire smoke, should continue to take precautions until such time as the fire is fully suppressed. Additionally, as we have been reminded again by the Luna Fire, wildfires can burn at any time requiring firefighters and residents to be on heightened alert to respond to these emergencies. The Ready, Set, Go? Program works in collaboration with New Mexico’s Living with Fire and other existing community wildland fire education efforts to help residents prepare for wildfire emergency. For more information on wildfire prevention and how you can prepare for wildfires, visit www.wildfirersg.org or the New Mexico Fire Information website at https://nmfireinfo.com/. We ask that you continue to complete yours and your family’s preparedness level as contained under the “Ready” checklist. We should all strive to maintain that “Ready” level as part of our daily preparedness levels. Now is also a good time to look at the steps you have taken and evaluate them for improvement prior to the next wildfire.
The Village too will be evaluating our response to date with the Luna Fire and also looking at the community’s preparedness levels in order to increase our community emergency resiliency. This will also include a review of current codes and ordinances beginning with our Fire Adapted Community Committee where we invite additional involvement from the community.
We emphasis that we are not fully out of danger with the Luna Fire yet so please maintain both your readiness and your awareness levels over the coming couple of weeks. We and the IMT will continue to be proactive in our communications and in taking an abundance of caution in protection of lives and property. Again, thank you for your cooperation, especially in only utilizing official sources of information and helping us combat misleading, inaccurate information and rumors.
Enjoy the snow!
Jo Mixon, Mayor/Village of Angel Fire
Jay Mitchell, Angel Fire Village Manager
John Murtagh, Chief of Fire and EMS, Angel Fire FD