The Bernalillo County Fire Department is adding additional crews and units during the Fourth of July Holiday to patrol the bosque and East Mountains.
“Two additional brush trucks and personnel will be brought on to patrol, per shift, as well as having each station take turns in patrolling the bosque and East Mountains,” says Interim Operations Chief Greg Perez.
• Fire stations from the north will patrol from Montano to Alameda along the bosque.
• South stations will patrol from Central to I-25 along the bosque.
• Station 35, near Paseo del Norte and Tramway, will patrol the Northeast foothills.
• East Mountain stations will patrol neighborhoods throughout the area.
Deputy fire marshals will be on duty.
There will not be any warnings issued; anyone caught lighting illegal fireworks will receive a citation, have their fireworks confiscated and may have to appear in court. Fines of up to $1000 and/or jail time up to 6 months will be determined by a judge.
If it is determined that a person lighted caused a fire or property damage, that person may be held responsible for those losses. The county is expecting a very high call volume at its Emergency Communication Center over the holiday.
• To report a fire call 9-1-1.
• To report illegal fireworks, call the Bernalillo County non-emergency number, 798-7000.
• People using fireworks illegally are a real concern however; residents are encouraged to keep the 9-1-1 lines open for fire, medical and law enforcement emergencies.
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