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Wildfire Resources and Emergency Permitting Procedures

If you are seeking information about emergency permitting related to New Mexico wildfires, you are in the right place.

A permit may be required if:

  • Work, activities, or construction will occur or has occurred in or adjacent to an arroyo, stream, pond, ditch, river, lake, or predominately wet land.
  • Work will occur in, over, or under the Navajo Reservoir in New Mexico and Colorado, Rio Grande in Texas, or Colorado River in Colorado.

Where to Send Requests

Please email wildfire-related emergency authorization requests to one of the following addresses: (Colorado) (New Mexico) (Texas)

Points of Contact 
 North and Central NM

Michael Uitvlugt (Primary)
(505) 342-3259

Anica Lucero (Secondary)

 Southern NM and West TX

Justin Riggs (Primary)
(575) 652-4574

Anica Lucero (Secondary)

 Southern Colorado

Joshua Carpenter (Primary)

Candace Knight (Secondary)

 Western Colorado

Ben Wilson (Primary)
(970) 893-1021

Candace Knight (Secondary)

Information Requirements for Emergency Authorizations

In order to expedite your request (e.g., within 24 hours), please submit the following information with your emergency authorization request. For your convenience, we have created an Emergency Authorization Checklist you may use to ensure all the required information is included in your request.

Emergency Authorization Checklist

  1. Name, address, and telephone number of the person(s) responsible for the work, the owner of the affected lands (if different from the permittee), and the contractor(s) that will be performing the work, if applicable;
  2. NWP or RGP (e.g., RGP NM/West TX 17-01) that covers the work, if known; 
  3. A description of the proposed work including:
    1. A description of waters of the United States that may be affected by the activities;
    2. Type, composition, and quantity of material to be excavated or placed (including temporary material used for cofferdams, etc.);
    3. Length, width, and depth of fill area and/or excavation area;
    4. A discussion of the direct and indirect adverse environmental effects of the activity;
    5. Location of disposal site for excavated material;
    6. Type of equipment to be used;
    7. Identification/delineation of wetlands (if present);
    8. The receiving site for excess water (drainage projects); and
    9. Any other pertinent, supporting data;
  4. A map showing the location of the proposed work;
  5. A set of 8.5 by 11-inch drawings showing the details of the proposed work;
  6. Pre-construction photos depicting the physical setting (to be compared to post-construction site conditions from the same photo points). Photos should contain figure labels with time, date, bearing, and a general description of the site;
  7. Information on any known historic properties that may be affected by the proposed scope of work, or plans for assessing potential impacts to cultural resources (e.g., archaeological monitoring);
  8. Information regarding the evaluation of potential effects to federally-listed species or their designated critical habitat; and
  9. Information regarding any potential adverse effects to water quality from the proposed scope of work.

Additional Information

Additional information about emergency permitting procedures is located at