The Bernalillo County Fire Prevention Division is located at the Atrium, 6840 Second St NW, Albuquerque NM; 2nd floor, room 202. This division consists of a Division Chief, Division Captain, Division Lieutenant and an administrative officer who works in the office Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. There are a total of five field Deputy Fire Marshals. Each works a rotating 24/7 shift, with up to two fire marshals per shift. The Fire Marshal’s Office phone number is (505) 468-1340.
Division Captain William Walker
Division Lieutenant Henry Gabaldon
Deputy Fire Marshals
- FMO 31: Diana Speakman, John Padilla, Harold Robertson
- FMO 33: Vance Ervin, Juan Cordova, Alfredo Apodaca
- FMO 40: Tobias Lucero, Henry Gabaldon
Bernalillo County Commission Approves Fireworks Restrictions
At the Tuesday, June 11, 2013 commission meeting, the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners approved a ban on some fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the county.
“Bernalillo County is experiencing extreme drought conditions and the potential risk to life, property and the environment prompted the ban,” says Bernalillo County Interim Fire Chief Frank Barka. “The ban is effective immediately and will remain in force through July 10, 2013.”
The ban includes the sale and use of missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets and ground audible devices within the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County.
The restrictions ban the use of all fireworks in wildland areas which include unincorporated areas east of Louisiana Boulevard to the west face of the Sandia Mountains and from San Antonio north to the Sandia Indian Reservation; all the East Mountain area, north, south and east to the county line and portions of the unincorporated areas to include the Rio Grande bosque and wildland areas extending 1000 feet from the outer edge of the bosque.
Also banned are the sale or use of display fireworks. The ban applies to the use of fireworks that shoot higher than 10 feet in the air, have a 6 foot or larger coverage area and fireworks that are louder than a cap gun.
The use of ground and hand-held sparkling and smoke device type fireworks are limited to areas that are paved or barren. There should also be a readily accessible source of water (a bucket of water or a hose) for use to extinguish the fireworks.
If an individual is caught with prohibited fireworks, a citation could be issued and the individual may have to appear in court. Violators could be fined up to $1000 and sentenced to less than one year in jail. If it is determined that the use of fireworks was the cause of a fire that damaged property, the responsible individual may be held liable for those damages.
Fire Restrictions in Place for Unincorporated Bernalillo County
On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a resolution banning and restricting smoking, campfires and open burning in the unincorporated areas of the county, outside the Albuquerque city limits.
“As the potential for large wildland fires grows across Bernalillo County, we are imposing these restrictions to reduce the likelihood of a human-caused wildland fire,” says Fire Marshal Chris Gober. “We take preventing a wildland fire seriously and will have a zero tolerance for those who violate the burning restrictions.”
The burning restrictions prohibit the following:
Above Ground Detonation Agricultural Burning Bon Fires
Burning of Explosives Campfires Ceremonial Fires
Controlled Burning Cooking Fires Disease Control
Heating Fires Hot Torch Burning Ignition of Rocket Motors
Open Burning Open Flames Timber and Forest Management
Research and Development Slash Piles Smoking
Charcoal broilers, barbecue grills, wood and coal burning stoves used outside of private dwellings are classified as campfires and are prohibited. Propane and white gas grills are allowed.
Penalties can include fines up to $300 and/or up to 90 days in jail.
“We also ask that residents prepare their property for a wildland fire by creating defensible space around their homes and making sure that their roof gutters are cleaned of any dried leaves, pine needles, twigs, and other debris,” says Gober. “Move the firewood that you may have stacked on your porch this past winter to at least 20 feet away from your home.”
For more tips on preparing your home for wildland fires, please visit the following:
Click below to view a video about the danger of a flashover in a fire.