Fire Information

Photo of a person in the distance fighting a fire

Fire is one of the most powerful forces of nature. While fire can be devastating and frightening, it is also essential for a healthy ecosystem. Is fire our friend or our foe? The answer is not simple because it all depends...Fire is linked to many other natural resources--plants, animals, water, soil and trees. Fire is also linked to you. We use fire to keep warm, to cook, to build and to create ambiance. But how do we decide when fire is beneficial and when it is devastating? Much of how we feel about fire depends on our past experiences with it. When fires destroy homes and lives, denude forests and plunder watersheds, fire is catastrophic. But, fire can bring renewal to a landscape. It can create grassy meadows, grow new plants, provide food for deer and elk, thin out trees so that the forest can become resilient and healthy.

Whether you think that fire is friend or foe, it is part of your life while living in the southwest.

National Fire Restrictions website

National Fire Danger Rating System

Fire Safety

Fire Prevention

How To Report a Fire

Fire Suppression

Prescribed Fires

Wildland Urban Interface

Old Flames Revisited

Fire Ecology

Rocky Mountain Research Station Fire Research Fact Sheet

Fire and Aviation


Engine Crews



Albuquerque Zone Interagency Dispatch Office (ABZ)

Fire and Aviation Links

Fire Management Links