The Sandoval County Commission unanimously approved an emergency declaration at an emergency meeting with county officials at 9:30 a.m. today (Monday), according to a county news release.

Because it was an emergency meeting, the usual requirements for public notice didn’t apply. The declaration allows the commission to use emergency powers and apply for financial and other help from the federal and state governments.

Sandoval County was impacted by high winds Friday. These winds caused property damage and escalated the Cerro Pelado wildfire in the Jemez Mountains.

Commissioners and county officials are being briefed daily and are working with state and federal partners to support a swift conclusion to this matter, according to the release.