Updated: May 7, 2012 12:21 PM
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — The State Forestry Division wants to try and ensure that New Mexicans will not have to wonder if a fire is starting nearby.
State officials unveiled a new alert system Monday that allows anyone to sign up for fire email alerts.
The emails will have the latest info including where the fire's burning and how many structures are threatened.
State Forestry already posts fire alerts on Facebook and Twitter, but a department spokesman says email allows them to provide better information more directly.
Governor Martinez says keeping the public informed during wildfires is absolutely critical for those affected and their families.
Right now anyone who signs up will get alerts for any wildfire in the state.
State Forestry hopes to add a feature later this summer to allow people to narrow down alerts to only the counties they care about.
Link to the email alert system>>
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