National Guard to Assist with Little Lewis Fire Evacuations

SANTA FE – On the order of Governor Susana Martinez, the National Guard is in Cloudcroft to provide support to local police and State police with the Little Lewis Fire and the Donaldson Fire if needed. Additionally, Governor Martinez announced that a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help cover costs associated with fighting the Little Lewis Fire, which has burned approximately 1,200 acres in the Sacramento Mountains south of Mayhill, NM.
The Little Lewis Fire has forced the evacuations of the Sacramento Methodist Assembly, the communities of Sacramento and Weed, Seep, Agua Chiquita Ehart Canyon, and Camp of the Tall Pines. The fire is burning on private land as well as the Lincoln National Forest, according to New Mexico State Forestry. The New Mexico Type II Incident Management Team led by John Pierson will assume command of suppression efforts on the fire today.
“While many people are focused on the Las Conchas Fire right now, it is important to remember that we also have several other active fires that are forcing evacuations,” Governor Martinez said. “We remain engaged and active on every fire to ensure that lives and property are protected across the state.”
Wednesday night, Governor Martinez instructed approximately 20 National Guard soldiers to prepare to provide assistance with evacuations and other vital needs associated with the Little Lewis Fire. Thursday morning, the Guard was in Cloudcroft to provide any needed support.
FMAGs are designed to help pay for up to 75% of the cost of suppressing the fire, which can include pre-positioning of resources, evacuations and sheltering, traffic control, fire equipment use and more.
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