Fire Chief Report to the DMPOA April 14th 2018
We are now experiencing several red flag weather days each week. Weather is the dominant factor that drives large fire behavior. The national Weather service red flag warnings indicate a collection of critical fire weather conditions that can drive explosive fire growth and extreme fire behavior. Residents should remain alert on red flag days and be ready to evacuate on short notice in the event a fire starts within the DMR. The National Weather service advises that 2018 will experience weather patterns similar to 2011 and 2012 which we remember for the Rock House , Tajano and Livermore Complex fires.
On March 14th the department was dispatched to a fire reported on Tomahawk Trail near Thompson trail. The call was bogus and was dust from water well drilling.
On March 28th FDVFD was dispatched to a fire at the intersection of Hwy 166 and Hwy 17. Several members of the DMR fire department that are also members of the FDVFD responded and fought that fire. The rate of the fires growth was so fast that it required a truck to keep up with the fast moving fire front. The fire was contained in just over a hour, burning 52 acres, and is a good example of how fast a fire can grow in dry windy conditions.
Emergency 911 call dispatching will be transferred from Marfa, to Hudspeth county's Sierra Blanca within the next few weeks.
Our station electrical upgrade is now complete, AEP connected our new electrical service this week. In an emergency situation our station will have backup power supplied by our standby generator.
The fire department has a web page at DMRVFD.com. Refer to that site for information about fire department activities, or for updates in the event of an emergency.
If you have a medical emergency, smell smoke, or see fire, call 911, and remember to say you are in the DMR. Within the county there are other communities with similar street names. Tomahawk trail is here in the DMR, Tomahawk drive is in Limpia Crossing. If you need help do not send it to the wrong community. Do post your address on the road so it will be visible to emergency first responders.
You need to know that emergency services in the DMR are provided by volunteers, we do this for you, for our community, and best of all we do it for free.
Ken Gossett DMR Fire Chief
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