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The Gila National Forest is working with partners including other forests, state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations to prepare a year-round wildfire preparedness campaign. The April message for the 2021 season is titled, “Don’t be fooled, prepare for wildfire.” The dry winter and strong spring winds have increased wildfire danger earlier this year. Guidance in preparing a Home Ignition Zone has been provided by the National Fire Protection Association and includes helpful tips to decrease the threat to homes from flames and embers. Some of the suggestions include:

  • Create breaks in vegetation with driveways and walkways and clear vegetation from under stationary propane tanks
  • Keep lawns and native grasses mowed to a height of four inches
  • Have proper tools such as a shovel, fire extinguisher and water readily available

The Gila National Forest and partners are working on the creation of 2021 wildfire preparedness calendar in addition to messages and webinars shared across social media and community events.

This Wednesday, April 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Hidalgo Medical Services CEO, Dan Otero, is inviting the public attend a special online presentation and Q&A that includes Dr. Darrick Nelson, to discuss COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S, their safety and effectiveness along with the importance of registering and receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals can register for this local zoom webinar and ask the questions they have been wanting to ask a local doctor. The event is this Wednesday, April 7th, from 5:30 to 7pm. Register at

The New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division is reminding drivers of the deadly dangers and legal consequences of distracted driving. Traffic is steadily increasing as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted.  Although texting behind the wheel tops the list of distractions, other risky actions include: Setting navigation systems or looking at directions; applying makeup; and eating and drinking; and distractions related to children in the vehicle. In addition, be aware that schools are going back into session and children will be riding bikes and using crosswalks.

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