1. Mission Statement
TRLA WILDFIRE MITIATION COMMITTEE
Timberlake subdivision is designated as at a very high risk of a devastating crown wildfire. We will research and recommend interventions that decrease the risk of a wildfire in the Timberlake subdivision. Through education and institution of specific projects Wildfire Mitigation will become an intrinsic part of the duties and responsibilities of every landowner and of the TRLA Board of Directors.
2. Firewise Your Home/Property
Remember to Firewise your homes and properties.
Whether one has an established home or are planning to build please learn how to prepare your home for wildfires through Firewise practices.
1. Read the literature distributed by Firewise USA:
The pamphlet entitled “Prepare Your Home for Wildfires” is free. You can request a copy from Mary Jo Wallen at . Copies are also available in the Library at the Ranch House.
2. Remember a driveway entrance should be 18-
3. Ensure there is adequate room to turn a fire engine around near your home so that the firetruck can easily exit. If the crew determines that they cannot safely exit your property in the event of a wildfire they will not enter the property to fight the fire.
Contact one of the following Fire Mitigation Sub-
Mary Jo Wallen – 1-
Ron & Rachel Schali – 1-
Tim & Eileen Domer – 1-
July 24, 2019
Dear TRLA landowners:
The Wildfire Mitigation project is moving forward rapidly, with roadside clearing of ladder fuels already underway.
The next phase is to find resources to start reducing our huge wildfire fuel loads and improve the health of the forest throughout the 7000 acre Ranch. Major sources of potential funds are Federally-
Time is of the essence as the deadline for submission is early September. The Forester, Tom Marks, will begin his survey the week of August 5th. A major part of the survey is the lot walk-
It will take all of us working together to improve our forest health and protect Timberlake from a fate such as that of Paradise CA. All of us will benefit from reducing the high risk of fire and/or beetle infestation we currently face.
Sincerely,TRLA Wildfire Mitigation Committee.
CRITICAL TIME SENSITIVE INFORMATION
Tom Marks, can be identified with an orange vest and a white hard hat. If you see him on the road and and want to ask him questions about forest health, etc., he will be glad to talk to you. I have also given him a TRLA window sticker to use while he is working out here.
4. Grants Applications/Other Forms
5 Links to Internet Resources
1. Read the literature distributed by Firewise USA:
2. 2018 draft of McKinley County CSPP (Community Wildfire Protection Plan)
3. After the Fire: Low Cost Flooding and Erosion Mitigation Strategies
4. Grants links
6. Vendor Lists
1. Ramah Navajo Forestry, Michael Henio, 1-
2. Allen Fire LLC, 150 Gonzales Road, Edgewood, NM 87015, 1-
The Fire Mitigation Sub-
1. Ray Martin, Martin’s Wood Services-
2. Tom Brewer, Rocky Mt. Fire & Forestry, 1-
3. Holiday Nursery, 1214 E. Aztec Avenue, Gallup, NM 87301, John Kilgore, owner,
4. Mike Lipka (landowner) 1-
Stephen and JoAnn Green (landowner), 1-
TRLA FIRE MITIGATION SUB-
JULY 20, 2019
1. Ray Martin, Martin’s Wood Services has completed work on Halcon, Bluebird (cliffside of Timberlake Road) and Conejo between Halcon and Bluebird. Approximately 5.5 miles still needs to be completed in Zone 1. Ray has been paid for 1 mile of Zone 1 work.
a. Question to Steve Wills, may we please have a signed copy of Martin contract for our files? Also, was the Additional Insured Certificate received from Ray Martin?
b. May 28t, 2019 letter sent out to obtain bids indicated that partial payment would be made at the completion of each section. Is Martin being paid by the section or by the mile?
2. On July 17, we met with Peter Allen, Allen Fire LLC , who is a certified wildfire mitigation expert and a State contractor with NM. He is starting his own mitigation/forest management business and was recommended by Todd Haines, District Forester for our part of NM. We toured the ranch to assess the scale of the problem. He agrees we have a heavy fuel load issue, at high risk for a devastating fire. He will send us information on his company and a range of prices for various services he provides.
3. We met with Todd Haines on July 18, 2019 to discuss the importance of having a Management Plan developed ASAP, since this is needed in order to be eligible for the Forest Health Incentive Program for Timberlake. He referred us to Tom Marks, who works with his office, for assistance in writing the Management Plan. We hope to meet with him around the first of August since the deadline is critical (September). Approximate cost to Timberlake is $5,000 to complete the several hundred page Plan for all 7,000 acres. If we do not meet the deadline for this fall, we will lose a year. More details concerning cost sharing for landowners will be discussed at the meeting. We are respectfully asking the Board to approve this expense ASAP since it is critical to get started now.
4. Mary Jo and Ron talked to CDEC several times and Ron was finally able to get Mark
Bahls, CDEC, to agree to have their sub-
5. Fire Mitigation updates have been put on the website and in the July newsletter. An update will also be provided at the July 23rd, Watch Group Meeting.
FIRE MITIGATION COMMITTEE UPDATE – JUNE 20, 2019
Mary Jo Wallen and Eileen Domer
At the annual meeting on May 25th, the committee provided educational handouts describing
ways to protect our homes and property. These will also be available at our Annual
Watch Group Meeting on July 23rd at the Ranch House at 6 pm and at the Tuesday Library
Days. You can contact Mary Jo Wallen at 1-
We are pleased that the TRLA Board budgeted $10,000 to begin fire mitigation along 10 miles of side roads in Timberlake. Ray Martin won the bid to start trimming ladder fuels. The goal is to complete this project before the chain saw restrictions begin.
We hope that through education and institution of specific projects Wildfire Mitigation will become an intrinsic part of the duties and responsibilities of every landowner and of the TRLA Board of Directors. Timberlake is designated as very high risk of a devasting crown wildfire. The Committee will continue researching the possibility of obtaining grants to help landowners mitigate their property.
Please contact Mary Jo Wallen, Ron or Rachel Schali (505-
1. Helping an elderly or disabled person with cutting brush and taking the brush to the burn pile.
2. If you need help, let us know what type of assistance you need.
3. If you would want to “chip in to rent a chipper”. You would have to have the brush already cut and properly positioned to maximize the rental time of the chipper.
4. If you want to have a risk assessment done around your home.
During the annual meeting we discussed the reasons why we should all participate
in this on-
Adam Berry, Emergency Mgt Coordinator, Gallup, and Dustin Middleton, Fire Marshal/Emergency
Manager from Grants gave a brief presentation supporting the Emergency Evacuation
Guidelines that we recently drafted. They appreciated the fact that Timberlake is
The 5/23/2019 Emergency Evacuation & Neighborhood Watch Group Guidelines will be posted in the Emergency area of our website. Please also see the Fire Mitigation Committee's March newsletter.
Dial 911 for Emergencies -
Timberlake Volunteer Fire Department Phone:505-
Ramah Fire Department phone: 505-
New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department-
Timberlake Ranch Fire Alert -
The Timberlake Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire on Quail Road today,
March 9, 2016. Unfortunately, the fire appeared to have been started intentionally.
Please be aware and report whenever you might be suspicious of a fire; such as smoke
in the sky or smelling smoke in the air. Do not assume that it’s a campfire or someone’s
fireplace. Please contact either Andy Wilson (783-
Sincere thanks to Nancy Dobbs for reporting the fire and to Bill Wolford, George Dobbs, Wayne Ramm, and Mike Henderson for putting the fire out. It is nice to see neighbors coming together to handle such situations.
Home Phone: (505)783-