Letter from AFR re: Fire Restrictions, Open Space Patrols and Fireworks


Albuquerque Fire Rescue

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

To:                         City Councilors and Staff

From:                    Fire Chief Gene L. Gallegos

Subject:                Fire Restrictions, Open Space Patrols and Fireworks

As we approach the 4th of July and subsequent sale of fireworks both in and around the City of Albuquerque, I understand that you and your constituents are as concerned as I am regarding the fire danger in the Bosque and other Open Space areas. The following will explain the fire restrictions already in place and how Albuquerque Fire Rescue will respond over the next few weeks.

Fire Restrictions

Stage I fire restrictions.We are currently in Stage I. The goal of Stage I restrictions is to prevent the start of wildfires based on human activities that are known to be high risk.  Based on climate and fuel conditions in the Albuquerque area, Stage I restrictions shall be in effect at all times within all open space areas and include the following:

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Coffee With a Cop June 22nd



June 22, 2021, Tuesday, 9:00am to 11:00am

It will be hosted by the Starbucks Coffee Company located at 3410 NM Hwy 528, north of Lowes.
This is your opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the Police Officers in your community!

Construction Update on Westside Blvd Widening Project

Update as of Thursday, May 27th

CONTACT for questions and more information:
Patti Watson, 505-269-9691 cell; 505-245-3134 office; pattiw@cwastrategic.com

For information or to sign up for email construction updates, visit:www.westsidewidening.com

Star Paving is continuing construction on the first phase of the Westside Blvd widening project, which is expected to last through late fall 2021. The entire project is expected to be completed in spring 2022. For now, the following traffic impacts will be in place:

  • Westside Blvd will have westbound traffic shifted and reduced to one lane west of Golf Course Rd and just east of Golf Course Rd. 

Please note that the contractor will open up the straight thru lane for westbound traffic on Westside Blvd when possible, but will need to close it often for safety reasons. When there is only one westbound lane open on Westside Blvd west of Golf Course Rd, there may be delays. Motorists should seek an alternate route when possible.

  • Golf Course Rd will have one thru lane and one right-turn lane of northbound traffic south of Westside Blvd.
  • Golf Course Rd will have one lane of northbound traffic just north of Westside Blvd.
  • Golf Course Rd will have one lane of southbound traffic just north of Westside Blvd.

Regular work hours are Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., although the contractor may work longer hours or on weekends if needed. The contractor will not be working on Monday, May 31, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, but barricades will remain in place.

All construction is weather permitting and is subject to change without notice.

BernCo At A Glance


Here’s the new BernCo at a Glance for Wed., May 19th.  It’s chock full of news and information that you can really use!  See if you don’t agree and pass it on to your family and friends who haven’t had a chance to see it yet!  They’ll be glad you did!

Click on the link below to view the brand new edition of the BernCo at a Glance e-Newsletter that was released today to share with your family and friends via your favorite social media connections and e-mail.

Direct link:   https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NMBERNCO/bulletins/2da0908