EDD Announces Wildfire Business Assistance Grant Program

The Economic Development Department (EDD) announces Wildfire Business Assistance Grant Program that will consist of grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 for businesses damaged by fire and floods. A new $1.5 million temporary grant program is available to provide support to small businesses and self-employed individuals who experienced financial losses due to the wildfires. Businesses that qualify for the assistance … Read More

Updated – U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

***Updated Application Deadline to apply for Physical Damage is now August 4, 2022*** The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made available disaster loans in New Mexico for Physical Damage from the Wildfires and Straight-Line Winds that occurred April 5th & Continue in the counties of Colfax, Lincoln, Mora, San Miguel, and Valencia. For Economic Injury only in the counties … Read More

Monsoon Season is Here

PSA: Be advised that Monsoon Season has begun and heavy rains are expected, this afternoon (6/17/2022) through early next week (6/21/2022). Please prepare for flash flooding early. Empty Sand Bags (Limit 10) are available for pickup at Belen City Hall and the Belen Fire Department. Free Sand is available for pick up at the following locations: Vivian Fields – 1112 … Read More

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Valencia County

New Mexico residents can now visit with FEMA and SBA specialists at the Jarales Community Center in Valencia County from 10am to 6pm Monday through Saturday. Residents can get help with their disaster assistance applications, upload documents, and find answers to questions about federal disaster assistance. There is no appointment needed to visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). If you … Read More

New Fire Alert Near Jarales

**Update**Valencia County Fire Department responded to a field fire with structures threatened this afternoon.Crews responded quickly and were assisted by State crews on the Simona Fire.Fire is under control, and contained. Units were able to protect the threatened structures.It appears that this fire was the result of a downed power line.Jarales Rd near Maestas is currently shut down while crews … Read More

Urgent Reminder: County Wide Burn Ban

Urgent Reminder: County Wide Burn Ban

Valencia County is currently under a county wide burn ban that includes ALL municipalities. to the extreme winds, ongoing drought, and severe fire danger. With the Big Hole and Simona fires happening back to back and other major fires throughout New Mexico we have a lack of available resources in the event of another major fire. Please remain diligent and … Read More

Wind Briefing Thursday April, 21 2022

Event Overview While a strong jet stream moving across New Mexico is common this time of year, the weather scenario on Friday will be especially conducive to widespread damaging winds. The Jet stream will strengthen Friday as it dips over the American Southwest and crosses into the state while a powerful low pressure system bears down on the central Rockies. … Read More

Bosque Fire near Jarales in Valencia County.

This will be a pinned post for the Active Bosque fire at the South end of Valencia County near Jarales Road & St. Thomas. All updates and instructions will be here. ** FINAL FIRE UPDATE 4/24**Via Valencia County Fire Department FINAL FIRE UPDATE We are happy to report that both the Big Hole and Simona Fires are now 100% contained.We … Read More

Valencia County Burn Ban Notice

Due to ongoing drought, severe fire danger, and serious lack of resources throughout New Mexico; Valencia County, village of Los Lunas, City of Belen, Peralta, Bosque Farms, and Rio Communities are implementing an open burn ban effective April 18, 2022 and will remain in effect for 30 days or until conditions change to reduce the fire danger, at which time … Read More

Big Hole Fire Updates and Information

FIRE UPDATE APRIL 21st The Big Hole Fire is now 95% contained and we still have resources continuing work in that area. FIRE UPDATE April 18th The fire is now 80% contained and crews will be out working today. There are 77 personnel still assigned to this fire. April 15th Big Hole Fire Update The Big Hole Fire, located on … Read More