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Taos County has lifted fire restrictions.


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Carson National Forest has lifted fire restriction and opened most of the forest
except the Camino Real Ranger District.


click here for press release

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The State of New Mexico State Forester has lifted fire restrictions.

 

 

 

 

Click here for info on
How To Prepare for a Wildfire

 



8/15/2022 - Monday evening RFFD, Taos County Ambulance and Sheriff's Deputies responded to a 3-vehicle crash near mile marker 258-1/2 .
8/6/2022 - Saturday morning RFFD was dispatched to a residential smoke alarm. There was no fire - it was set off by construction dust.
8/5/2022 - Friday evening RFFD, Taos County Ambulance and Sheriff's Deputies responded to a vehicle crash near mile marker 263-1/2.

7/27/2022 - Wednesday morning RFFD and Kit Carson Electric responded to a power pole that was on fire in Valle Escondido.


We got our annual hose, pump and ladder tests done on Monday, 7/25/2022.


Thank you Valle Escondido for your support and donations during the golf tournament on Saturday, 7/23/2022.


7/5/2022 - Tuesday night RFFD and Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash by mile marker 257 1/4.

Happy Independence Day!
A beautiful morning for a parade at Valle Escondido.


6/28/2022 - early Tuesday RFFD and Taos County Ambulance responded to a medical emergency.
6/26/2022 - Sunday morning RFFD and Taos County Ambulance responded to a medical emergency.
6/25/2022 - Saturday evening RFFD was dispatched to a report of smoke southeast of Valle Escondido. No smoke was found.
6/22/2022 - Wednesday afternoon RFFD was dispatched to a medical emergency. We were canceled - it was the wrong location, not in our area.
6/21/2022 - Tuesday afternoon RFFD, Taos County Sheriff's Deputies and Ambulance responded to a medical emergency.

6/18/2022 - Saturday night RFFD rescued a cow that was stuck in the mud in a pond.
(Lower right picture shown here - she is resting and warming up with a blanket and tarp over her.)


5/31/2022 - Tuesday afternoon RFFD's water tender was requested for mutual-aid at a fire in Carson Estates.
5/30/2022 - Monday morning RFFD, NMSP, TCSO, Ambulance and Taos FD responded to a 2-vehicle crash near mile marker 257.
A big thank you to these young entrepreneurs!
They set up a lemonade stand at the Valle Escondido Golf Tournament and donated the proceeds to RFFD.

5/22/2022 - Sunday afternoon RFFD and a Taos County Sheriff Deputy responded to a report of a vehicle vs. deer near mile marker 272.

5/14/2022 - Saturday afternoon we got 2,000 gallons of extra water set up at the upper firehouse.


5/11/2022 - Wednesday evening RFFD patrolled Taos Canyon after hearing about there being small fires on the Moreno Valley side of the pass in case our help was needed and to make sure that there were no fires on our side. RFFD met up with MVFD near Apache Canyon Rd. No other fires were found. All fires were kept small and out quickly.
5/10/2022 - Tuesday afternoon RFFD met with the Deputy County Manager, the County Fire Chief, and representatives from Taos Pueblo Fire, Carson National Forest, Taos Canyon Firewise and Valle Escondido Firewise. This was to give folks an overview of evacuation plans if the need arises. We will go by the Ready, Set, Go! format.
The RSG Action Guide can be found at:
http://www.rffd.org/rffd.org/RSG%20NM%20Guide%202017.pdf
Current fire information can be found at:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Taos County has a Mass Notification System that you can sign up for at:
http://www.taoscounty.org/371/Sign-Up-for-Taos-County-Mass-Notificatio
Choose the "Taos County Community Members" group.
As of this time (5:30 pm, 5/10/2022) Valle Escondido and Taos Canyon are NOT under any evacuation category.
Please stay alert as conditions can change rapidly.

5/10/2022 - Tuesday morning RFFD was dispatched to a wildland fire near mile marker 265. While enroute we were informed of another fire at mile marker 267. Then got a report of another fire by mile marker 268. We received mutual-aid assistance from Taos FD, Moreno Valley FD and Angel Fire FD. All fires were kept under 2/10 acre each and were controlled by early afternoon. The last pictures show the bit of catalytic converter that was discovered and was the cause of these fires.


5/2/2022 - Monday night RFFD and Taos County Ambulance responded to a person that fell.
4/30/2022 - Saturday night RFFD and a Sheriff's Deputy responded to a report of a campfire in Capulin Canyon. The campers were informed of the fire restrictions. They put their fire out.

4/29/2022 - Friday evening RFFD and Kit Carson Electric responded to powerlines down and a small fire in the Valle Escondido area.


4/19/2022 - Tuesday evening RFFD was dispatched to a "large bonfire" on the west end of the canyon. We patrolled the area and did not find any fires.
4/13/2022 - Wednesday morning RFFD was dispatched to a tree down on the highway near mile marker 260. It had already been moved when we arrived.
4/12/2022 - Tuesday morning RFFD was requested for mutual aid at a structure fire in Penasco.

RFFD assisted in teaching at the S-130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter training over the weekend (April 9 and 10)
21 newly trained wildland firefighters from 8 different fire departments in the Enchanted Circle area.


Our new sign.
Thank you Kelly and Barney at Meyer's Steel!


4/1/2022 - Friday afternoon RFFD, Taos County Ambulance and Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash near mile marker 268-1/2. There was another vehicle off the road at mile marker 268 and a report of another crash near mile marker 270. RFFD and TCSO patrolled to the county line and that vehicle had already left the scene.
3/29/2022 - Tuesday afternoon RFFD and County Ambulance assisted a person that fell.
3/17/2022 - Thursday, RFFD assisted with traffic control for a multi-vehicle crash on the Colfax County side of the pass.

3/10/2022 - Thursday evening RFFD, Taos County Ambulance and Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash near mile marker 257.
Road conditions and visibility are very poor - please stay home and safe and warm.


3/6/2022 - Sunday morning RFFD, Angel Fire FD Ambulance, Taos County Ambulance, Sheriff's Deputies and wreckers responded to a 3-vehicle crash near mile marker 264-1/2.
Road conditions and visibility are very poor - please stay home and safe and warm.


3/4/2022 - early Friday morning RFFD, Taos County Ambulance, Sheriff's Deputies & a wrecker responded to a single vehicle crash by mile marker 270.
2/18/2022 - Friday morning RFFD, Taos County Ambulance and Sheriff's Deputies responded to a medical emergency.
1/30/2022 - Sunday evening RFFD was requested to assist with traffic control for a vehicle that had gone off the road near mile marker 272.
1/28/2022 - Friday night RFFD and Taos County Sheriff's Deputies responded to vehicle roll-over near mile marker 264.
1/26/2022 - Wednesday afternoon RFFD and Taos County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash by mile marker 271.
1/24/2022 - Monday morning RFFD, Taos County Sheriff's Deputies and Ambulance responded to a single vehicle crash near mile marker 271-3/4.
1/23/2022 - Sunday evening RFFD, Taos County Sheriff's Deputies and Ambulance responded to a single vehicle crash near mile marker 258-1/2.
1/1/2022 - Saturday morning RFFD and Taos County Ambulance responded to a medical emergency.
1/1/2022 - early Saturday RFFD and Colfax & Taos County Sheriff's Deputies responded to vehicles off the road and stuck on Palo Flechado Pass.

12/19/2021 - Sunday morning Kit Carson Electric Co-op requested RFFD's assistance with traffic control while they re-strung a powerline across the highway.
12/18/2021 - Saturday afternoon RFFD, County Ambulance and a Sheriff's Deputy responded to a person that fell.
12/17/2021 - Friday morning RFFD was dispatched to a report of smoke in a field. It was coming from area fireplaces and had settled down in the valley.
12/16/2021 - Thursday morning RFFD and TCSO responded to a tree down on a house near mile marker 263.5

12/15/2021, Wednesday morning was busy! At approx. 05:00 we were dispatched to a tree blocking Highway 64 by mile marker 257.5. At approx. 06:00 we were put on stand-by to cover the Taos area while Taos FD was busy at a structure fire northwest of town, then our water tender was requested. We were then sent to El Prado for a tree down on a house. We arrived to find trees down across the road and had to cut them out of the way to get to the address. We were informed by a neighbor that there was a mobile home that had been blown off of its foundation and the natural gas was leaking. We shut off the gas and were told of a dog pinned under the tongue of another mobile home that had also been blown off of its foundation. We were able to jack up the front of the mobile home enough to get the dog out. We were then sent to help with traffic control for some downed powerlines and another tree down on a residence and another tree down on a road.
Huge shout-out to the dispatchers that kept it all straight!


12/11/2021 - Saturday afternoon RFFD responded to a carbon monoxide alarm at a residence.
11/23/2021 - Tuesday afternoon RFFD and Taos County Ambulance responded to a medical emergency.
11/22/2021 - late Monday night RFFD responded to a dumpster fire.
11/19/2021 - Friday night RFFD was dispatched to a report of a large dead elk in the roadway by mile marker 269. RFFD and a Sheriff's Deputy patrolled to the county line and did not find anything.
11/17/2021 - Wednesday morning RFFD responded to a report of smoke. It was from the La Jara prescribed burn.
11/15/2021 - Monday morning RFFD responded to a camper trailer with a problem with the utilities.
11/11/2021 - Thursday afternoon RFFD and MVFD responded to a report of smoke. It was from the La Jara prescribed burn.

Ready for winter.
Got the roof repaired this morning
(Sunday, 11-7-2021)


10/17/2021 - Sunday afternoon RFFD and Taos County Ambulance responded to a medical emergency.
10/11/2021 - Monday evening RFFD and Taos FD responded to a car fire by mile marker 257.
10/8/2021 - Friday evening RFFD and Taos County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash near mile marker 268.
9/27/2021 - Monday night RFFD was dispatched to a report of flames between mile markers 269 and 270. We patrolled the area and only saw porch lights.
RFFD had a busy weekend Sept. 17 - 19. We responded to 4 calls: an injury on South Boundary Trail, a disabled motorhome, a person that fell at home and a single vehicle crash near mile marker 271.

Sept. 17 – 19 RFFD assisted with training at the Enchanted Circle Regional Fire Academy.


September 9, 2021 - Thursday night RFFD and County Ambulance responded to a medical emergency.
September 3, 2021 - Friday afternoon RFFD, County Ambulance and Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash near mile marker 258 3/4.
August 12, 2021 - Thursday night RFFD, Sheriff's Deputies and County Ambulance responded to a single vehicle crash near mile marker 271.5.
August 12, 2021 - Thursday afternoon RFFD came upon an abandoned campfire and extinguished it.
August 12, 2021 - Thursday afternoon RFFD was dispatched to look for a possible lost hiker.
August 8, 2021 - Sunday evening RFFD was called to check on someone. (They were fine.)

 


Summary of Annual Department Activity
2020 = 55 Emergency responses
2021 = 54 Emergency responses
2018 = 73 Emergency responses
2019 = 72 Emergency responses
2016 = 62 Emergency responses
2017 = 62 Emergency responses
2014 = 69 Emergency responses
2015 = 47 Emergency responses
2012 = 63 Emergency responses
2013 = 79 Emergency responses
2010 = 74 emergency responses
2011 = 63 emergency responses
2008 = 89 emergency responses
2009 = 69 emergency responses
2006 = 87 emergency responses
2007 = 71 emergency responses
2004 = 76 emergency responses
2005 = 68 emergency responses
2002 = 67 emergency responses
2003 = 69 emergency responses
2000 = 41 emergency responses
2001 = 35 emergency responses

Volunteers put in many hours training, inspecting and maintaining equipment, maintaining personal gear, maintaining buildings and grounds, fundraising, and clerical duties.

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Regional Fire & Rescue Information

New Mexico Fire Restrictions
Carson National Forest Current Fire Restrictions

Enchanted Circle Fire & Rescue Information

Enchanted Circle EMS Information Web Site
Enchanted Circle Regional Fire Protection Association Web Site
Moreno Valley Volunteer Fire Department Web Site
Red River Fire Department Web Site
Taos Search and Rescue Web Site

Taos Canyon Neighborhood Association

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