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c. Bunny Bowen

Piedra Fire Dust, Rozome batik painting, by Bunny Bowen

Residential wildfire risk high in Placitas

—Jon Couch, Firewise Placitas

A recent report shows that Placitas has a high likelihood of being damaged by wildfires. The October, CoreLogic Wildfire Hazard Risk Report examined the residential properties potentially exposed to wildfire risks in 13 western states, including New Mexico. The report found that there are almost 1.3 million residential properties in the western U.S that are in the high or very high wildfire risk categories

CoreLogic also did a case study on seven cities, including Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Tijeras had the largest number of homes at risk, with more than five thousand properties. Other areas with high-risk properties were Sandia Park, Edgewood, Cedar Crest, and Placitas.

The older parts of Placitas are also placed in the high-risk category in the Sandoval County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (SCCWPP), along with La Madera and Evergreen Hills. The rest of the Placitas area is in the moderate risk category in the SCCWPP, as is much of the Rio Grande corridor.

Firewise Placitas promotes education and awareness to minimize wildfire risk and to prepare for emergencies through workshops, a matching defensible space grant, wood chipper events, and articles like this. The public is welcome to attend monthly gatherings on November 7 and 21, between 10:00 a.m. and noon, in the upper room of the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Contact or Vicki Gottlieb at 404-8022 or 379-2846 for more info.

DWI Prevention Week

—Sandoval County

Throughout the week of October 21 to October 28, members of the county’s DWI Prevention Program staff visited schools across the county to raise awareness about the need to avoid abuse of drugs and alcohol and to live an overall healthy lifestyle.

Students at Cuba High School demonstrated a united pledge to stay drug and alcohol free by forming a large red ribbon on their football field. Santo Domingo Pueblo hosted a health fair that included information on DWI prevention.

DWI Prevention Specialist Diana Lopez conducted a substance prevention presentation and a series of “Dare to Be You” classes at Bernalillo Middle School. The Dare to Be You class gives young people tips on how to fight peer pressure that might tempt them to consume drugs or alcohol or engage in other risky behavior.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) spoke to Bernalillo High School students about how DWI devastates families.

These activities were a part of the National Red Ribbon Campaign that started as a response to the torture and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985 in Mexico City.
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