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2022 NM Wildfires

Site Contact:
Region 6 PIO


Site Location:
Santa Fe, NM 87501

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is serving as a technical expert for the State of New Mexico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the various wildfires in New Mexico. As additional information becomes available, updates will be provided.


On June 14, Federal Emergency Management Agency issued EPA an Emergency Support Function #10 Mission Assignment to conduct Household Hazardous Waste and bulk asbestos removal in the counties of Mora and San Miguel, NM. EPA mobilized to New Mexico on June 15 to coordinate with the State of New Mexico and begin assessment and collection operations. New Mexico Environment Department procured a staging area for the HHW and bulk asbestos in La Cueva. EPA’s Joint Field Office Liaison Officer mobilized June 23 to provide daily updates on EPA activities, as well as coordinate with FEMA and other responding agencies. Mora and San Miguel Counties sent EPA a list of priority areas of concern for potential flooding due to monsoons. All Right of Entry forms received in these areas have been assessed for HHW and bulk asbestos. EPA mobilized personnel on June 26 to lead the HHW and bulk asbestos assessment and collection teams in Mora and San Miguel Counties, and HHW collections began on June 27.



Collection of HHW and bulk asbestos began in Mora and San Miguel on June 27, 2022. Assessment and collection teams continued operations in Mora and San Miguel Counties, with a focus on the counties prioritized areas of concern for flooding during the upcoming monsoon season. As shown in Map 1 in this Management Report, the priority areas in Mora County are Rio de la Casa Canyon and Holman Hill. The priority areas in San Miguel County are Mineral Hill, Gallinas Canyon, San Ignacio and Cañyoncito de Manuelitas.


On July 18, 2022, NMED secured a staging area for ammunition at the Las Vegas, NM Police Department.  EPA will provide pick up and disposal if ammunition is found, however, no ammunition has been found to date.


Due to lack of ROE forms and cost savings, EPA suspended assessment and collection of HHW and bulk asbestos activities beginning on July 31, 2022, until August 15, 2022. EPA field teams demobilized the site on July 31, 2022. EPA IC stayed in New Mexico for any additional assistance until August 5, 2022. EPA will conduct all response needs virtually until August 15, 2022, when assessment and collection operations will resume in the field.

For additional information, visit the Notices section.