The following is a message from Association president and volunteer fire fighter Douglas Hoffman:
For the past week a fire has been burning on the Ft. Bliss land in the Organs, probably started by a live fire exercise. It has been difficult to attack because of the very rough terrain and the fact that the land there contains unexploded munitions from many years of such exercises. There are Forest Service fire crews in place, and the Forest Service, BLM and Ft. Bliss have also been using airplane and helicopter drops of water and fire retardant. There has also been smokejumpers deployed today in the vicinity of the fire south of Soledad Canyon Road. The Las Alturas Fire Department is on standby to assist BLM and we are in constant communication with them. While there is no immediate danger we continue to monitor the fire line and are ready to protect any houses and structures in our neighborhood if that is needed. What we do urge you to do at this time is to review your own family safety plans, and make sure you are prepared for disasters, whether they be fires or floods. We will make sure that everyone stays informed of any developments on the fire and if any actions on your part are needed the fire department will contact you. For any emergencies please remember to call 911.