Ruidoso holds wildfire conference

Posted at: 08/12/2013 6:49 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

At a wildfire conference in Ruidoso Monday, one Fire Chief told KOB Eyewitness News 4 if homeowners don’t do their part to protect their homes, the fire department may not help them fight the flames.

Ruidoso is still shaken after the Little Bear fire last summer.

“What has prompted this is you know people just really get to see a lot of the devastation that happens during wildfires," said Harlan Vincent, Ruidoso Fire Chief.

It was clear at the conference Monday, a future wildfire is on everyone’s minds.

"We're educating people on how to take care of your property, how to make sure your property is defendable," said Vincent.

To defend your property, start from the ground up.

“When you’re building your house, use stucco, concrete, things of that nature," said Vincent.

Get a wildfire mindset.

“Even thinking along the lines of is this home defensible? Can they get a tanker into my driveway? So that they can defend my home,” said Laura Doth from RC&D Council.

And be accessible.

“Access, good access. Making sure that whenever you’re building houses, make sure there is good access for us to get in there and access your property," said Vincent.

As for your front yard, remove all fire fuels from your yard, brush that ignites easily.  The Ruidoso Fire Chief said if you don't do your part, they might not even help you protect your home.

"When something bad happens and we show up, are we going to make that stand on that property or are we going to go to that next property that has already taken care of their front yards,” said Vincent.

“And if you've done the work to make sure that your place, your property is defendable, then yes we're going to save your place, or we’re going to attempt, we’re going to do everything within our power to do it." 

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