Wisconsin volunteers aid in wildfire recovery in New Mexico

  • Source: WMTV NBC 15 Madison
  • Published: 08/31/2022 02:17 PM

Following record-breaking wildfires throughout New Mexico this summer, Wisconsin volunteers responded to help repair the damages, according to the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs (DMA). DMA said Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) teams went to New Mexico after the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management put out a call for assistance in recovering from the fires. Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), an agreement that allows states to request and share resources easily following a disaster, is overseeing the recovery aid. Under this, New Mexico will reimburse Wisconsin for the costs of coming to help, including salaries. With the state down $300 million already after the fires were finally declared contained, DMA said recovery efforts in New Mexico continue to require a “monumental effort.”


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