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We’re here to provide you professional, effective, and safe fire suppression, and fuels management services to help the BLM and interagency partners meet their objectives. We ensure the success of the program, by employing five guiding principles that are emphasized throughout all levels of our organization. In addition to the BLM State Fire and Aviation Management office in Santa Fe, there are three District Fire Programs located in Albuquerque, Farmington, and Las Cruces and two Field Office Programs in Roswell and Carlsbad.

 BLM has fire management responsibility on 13.5 million acres of public land in New Mexico. With a fleet of 13 engines, we respond to an average of 300 wildfires per year that occur on both public, state and private lands as a result of our mutual aid agreements with other agencies. We also manage the Roswell Air Tanker Base, a reload base for large air tankers and host to single engine air tankers (SEAT’s) during periods of peak fire activity. Implementing fire prevention activities to reduce the number of human-caused fires is also a program priority.

The NM BLM Fuels and Prescribed Fire program has successfully reduced hazardous fuels on over 250,000 acres in the past five years to reduce the risk of wildland fire to communities and improve ecosystem health. In addition, BLM’s assistance to communities-at-risk in New Mexico’s wildland-urban interface has exceeded $3 million to date.

Be careful with fire at all times! Areas can be devastated by thoughtlessness or indifference on the part of anyone - hunter, camper, local resident, or visitor. New Mexico often suffers from drought, making the risk of fire very high, and it is up to all of us to protect our lands. Here are some easy rules and guidelines to follow:

  • Check fire conditions before heading out by calling the appropriate field office, or look up the most recent information at
  • Obey all fire use restrictions issued by the State of New Mexico or the BLM. You can find a list of BLM’s fire restrictions at:
  • You may not collect wood when in a developed campsite. However, you may use "dead and down" wood for small personal campfires on the rest of BLM-managed lands if there are no other fire restrictions.
  • Always build fires in the stove, grill, fireplace, or ring provided in developed campgrounds.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.  Carry a shovel and water with you and be sure all fires are "dead out" before you leave.
  • Consider cooking on a camp stove rather than over a fire.
  • Crush cigarettes in ashtrays rather than tossing them out.
  • Do not burn trash or material that produces toxic or hazardous material.
  • On developed recreation sites and areas, unless otherwise authorized, you may not discharge or use firearms, other weapons, or fireworks.

Interested in Applying for A Firefighting Position?
This is the place to do it. At times, there can be several jobs to choose from across the country. Find out more by going to Fire jobs website.

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