To help save you time, we have put together the following list of Frequently Asked Questions.
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A. You can try the district's phone number. But please keep in mind that each district in Santa Fe County is a Volunteer Department. You can leave a message if they have an answering machine, but if you do not get a response, feel free to contact Santa Fe County Fire Administration at 505-992-3070.
A. To get a copy of the fire report for your incident, you will need to fill out the Santa Fe County Public Records Request Form and submit to the Fire Prevention Office. The Fire Prevention Office is located at 14 Fire Place. You can also email it to Paulina Lujan at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions please call 505-995-6523. Be sure to include the date and address of the incident and the type of incident (i.e.: house fire, car fire, etc..).
A. If you obtained a 911 Rural Address number from the County Rural Addressing Office, it should come up on the Regional Emergency Communication Center (RECC) system when you call 911. To verify your emergency address or for more information you can contact the County Rural Addressing department at 505-995-2732.
A. We have put together an ISO information sheet which will tell you what the ISO Rating is for your area.
A. Per ISO requirements, you must be within 1,000' of a pressurized water source in order to qualify for the lower rating.
A. No, this is considered an open flame fire. For more information on burn restrictions in Santa Fe County, please see our Open Burning web page.
A. The County Fire Department does have a "Chipper Days Program". To find out more information you can visit our Wildfires web page.
A. If it is in a rural area that currently does not have a community water system. Yes. Any land divisions of 4 or more lots will be required to put in a 30,000 gallon water storage and draft hydrant system and each future residential structure will be required to install a sprinkler system. (This meets the NFPA 1231 Rural Fire Fighting requirement of 250 gallons a minute for 2 hours)
A. Impact Fees go towards each fire district. They are used towards the purchase of equipment and apparatus in order to meet the growing needs of that district.
A. In the future, we hope to have that capability available on our website. For now, you can contact the Santa Fe County Fire Prevention Division at 505-995-6523.
A. Verify your address with Santa Fe County Rural Addressing. When you call 911 know your exact address and have directions readily available. For example: If you head West on State Road 502 and turn left at County Road 101D, then turn right onto County Road 84, I am at house ABC. You also need to make sure that your address is visible at the entrance, from both directions. If you have a house number on your house, but your house is far away from the road, we cannot see it.
A. All roads shall be a 20' all weather driving surface, all driveways shall be a 14' all weather driving surface and both shall have a vertical clearance of 13' 6".
A. If your driveway or road exceeds 150', you are required to create a turn around for fire department apparatus. This does not necessarily mean a cul-de-sac. It could be a hammer-head or Y-Turn style. Click here for more information on approved turn arounds.
A. If there are not too many of them, you could bag them in the large trash bags and take them to the land fill, but if there are too many to do that, you could put them in small piles and compress them.
A. Please keep in mind that each of the fire districts in Santa Fe County are Volunteer and majority are in non-hydranted or non-pressure hydranted areas. By sprinklering your home, you are increasing the chances or your home surviving a fire with limited fire damage. To see the difference in a sprinklered and non-sprinklered home, you can download this clip.
A. The Homeowner's/Neighborhood Association can download a copy of the KNOX brochure and then contact the Prevention Division for an order form to purchase a Knox lock or Knox box to keep gate codes or keys. The lock or box is cored with a Santa Fe County Fire Department key core. Each district has a key that will work with that core.
A. A dry Christmas tree fire can spread quite quickly to the rest of your home. For an accurate example you can download a clip from NIST. Included in the clip are a cigarette on a couch and cubicle fire. It is very important that if you have a live Christmas tree you keep it well watered, turn the lights off when you are not at home or sleeping and most importantly have smoke detectors throughout your home. Keep in mind as you watch the clips that a smoke detector would play a critical part in notifying a family of a fire. You can see the smoke filling the room from the ceiling and moving down like a curtain as the fire spreads.
A. A term used by fire-weather forecasters to call attention to limited weather conditions of particular importance that may result in extreme burning conditions. It is issued when it is an on-going event or the fire weather forecaster has a high degree of confidence that Red Flag criteria will occur within 24 hours of issuance. Red Flag criteria occurs whenever a geographical area has been in a dry spell for a week or two, or for a shorter period , if before spring green-up or after fall color, and the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is high to extreme and the following forecast weather parameters are forecasted to be met:1) a sustained wind average 15 mph or greater 2) relative humidity less than or equal to 25 percent and 3) a temperature of greater than 75 degrees F. In some states, dry lightning and unstable air are criteria. A Fire Weather Watch may be issued prior to the Red Flag Warning.
A. It is used to indicate the potential for wildfire growth by measuring the stability and dryness of the air over a fire. The drier and more unstable the lower atmosphere is, the higher index.
This index has been shown to correlate with large fire growth on wildfires where surface wind does not dominate fire behavior. The Haines Index ranges from 2 to 6.
A. To find out more information on acceptable fire works within the County you can go to our Open Burning web page.
A. On August 14, 1998, the Santa Fe County Board of Commissioners approved Ordinance 1998-11 adopting the 1997 Uniform Fire Code (UFC).