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Bernalillo Cty. fire crews temporarily suspending home inspections. Here's why

Joy Wang
May 26, 2018 10:14 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Sandias were surrounded by a hazy halo Saturday, a byproduct of a raging blaze over 200 miles away.

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It's been a busy and dry wildfire season so far. As a result, the Bernalillo County Fire Department says crews have put home visits on hold.

"There is no active fire (in Bernalillo County)," BCFD Lt. David Lujan said. "So there's nothing for (residents) to necessarily have to prepare for as far as any type of evacuations."

But what homeowners can start preparing for is defensible space around their property.

"Keeping a defensible space approximately 30 feet away from your house. If you have any grass in the area, we're asking you to keep that grass down to approximately four inches," Lujan said.

Those tips are extra important now that home visits are temporarily suspended as officials say personnel have to be ready to respond to potential fires "at a moment's notice."

Wildfire season has creeped up earlier than normal this year, and there's been staffing changes within the department.

"We're just asking and encouraging the citizens and the visitors that are out within Bernalillo County and these forestry areas and Cibola National Forest just to remain extremely vigilant and be careful in anything that they do," Lujan said.

Lujan told KOB fire crews plan on inspecting homes in waves once they get a chance. Meanwhile, more crews are getting trained on conducting home visits. Click here and here for more on what you can do to protect your home.

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