America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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New Mexico Wildfires

New Mexico faces an above average overall threat from wildfire. The state has been one of a few states that have taken extensive action to prepare for its current risks. However, it has not done much to prepare for its future wildfire risks. Although a 2005 state report includes an assessment of impacts from climate change-related wildfire risks, almost no action has been taken to plan for or implement strategies to address these future risks.



For more information on how prepared New Mexico is for its growing wildfires threat, read the detailed state summary.


Is New Mexico Taking Action?

  • New Mexico's Hazard Mitigation Plan, disaster response plans, and sector-specific programs are helping the state to address its current wildfire risks
  • In 2005, the state produced Potential Effects of Climate Change on New Mexico, which includes information on climate change-related wildfire risks
  • New Mexico has taken almost no action to begin to develop a climate change adaptation plan and no action at all to implement strategies to improve resilience against future wildfire

Did you know...

  • There were nearly 4 times as many large wildfires (larger than 1,000 acres) burning on U.S. Forest Service land in New Mexico each year over the last decade than in the 1970s
  • Large wildfires burned almost 9 times the area each year in New Mexico during the past decade, than in a typical year in the 1970s