State discourages use of drones in areas with active wildfires

Use of drones prevents flight of fire suppression planes

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) in partnership and coordination with federal, local, tribal, and other state agencies are focused on providing support and step by step guidance to New Mexico residents, business owners and visitors affected by the recent wildfires. Current active fire information can be found at NM Fire Info | New Mexico Fire Information.

Due to the need to keep the skies clear for

Extreme winds and smoke continue throughout all areas of the state. People should avoid driving unless absolutely necessary, especially in areas where visibility is limited. Those who are older, have breathing or heart-related health conditions, and young children should limit their time outside, as this can be exacerbated in these weather conditions. Folks are encouraged to practice the 5-3-1 method:

  • Visibility under 5 miles: Young children, pregnant people, adults 65+ and people with heart and/or lung disease should reduce outdoor activity
  • Visibility under 3 miles: Young children, pregnant people, adults 65+ and people with heart and/or lung disease should stay indoors.
  • Visibility under 1 mile: Everyone should stay inside unless there is an evacuation issued

Several shelters are currently set up for those evacuating from the fires, including

  • Red Cross shelter in Jemez Springs
  • Old Memorial Middle School in Las Vegas, NM
  • Taos National Guard shelter (Agriculture Building)

Those who have been affected in those areas are encouraged to visit the DHSEM 2022 wildfire page for resources and fire recovery information: For further assistance, folks can call 1-800-432-2080 and select option #4 to connect with someone who will assist you.


DHSEM works to protect the people of New Mexico and the nation through a comprehensive and coordinated program of mitigating hazards, preparing for emergencies, preventing attacks, and recovering from disasters. The New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office is part of DHSEM beginning on July 1, 2021.