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Little Bear Fire Consumes Nearly 35,000 Acres

on June 11, 2012 - 10:07am


The Little Bear Fire sparked by lightning June 4 near Ruidoso in the Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest remains o percent contained.

The massive blaze has burned some 34,651 acres of mixed conifer and ponderosa pine and destroyed about 35 structures as of this morning.

There are currently eight Type 1 and Type 2 crews comprised of 429 firefighters battling this inferno with 47 fire engines, seven water tenders, five dozers and two Type 1 helicopters.

Road Closures:

  • N.M. 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, east and west;
  • N.M.

Colorado Peak and Bear Springs Fires Holding Despite Red Flag Conditions

on June 10, 2012 - 8:01am

Both the Colorado Peak and Bear Springs fires held Friday despite red flag conditions - hot, dry and windy weather.

Firefighters continue mop-up operations. Mop-up operations consist of putting out or removing burning material that’s near containment lines, cutting down standing dead trees and creating cup trenches to prevent debris from rolling onto unburned vegetation.

Colorado Peak: 246 acres, 95 percent contained. The Colorado Peak Fire is located on the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport.

Bear Springs: 622


BREAKING NEWS: Los Alamos Fire Department Imposes Local Restrictions Effective this Evening

on June 8, 2012 - 4:55pm

LAFD News:

Effective this evening, the Los Alamos Fire Department will be posting signs and taping off fire rings and grills in locations throughout Los Alamos County.

Some locations in specific parks that are yet to be determined may remain open due to the location of such device in relation to safety distances from combustible and flammable material.

These will be marked accordingly.

State Restriction Notice:


Due to abnormally warm

Journey Through Indian Country Part 2: Making an Impact on the Reservation

on June 8, 2012 - 12:10pm

Special Agent Mac McCaskill visits a home on the Tohajiilee Reservation, a satellite reservation of the Navajo Nation where many homes lack electricity and running water. Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 2:

Driving along a remote dirt road on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico recently, a rancher crested a ridge and noticed two animals intent on something in a nearby ditch.

Snow swirled in New Mexico’s high plains as Special Agent Mac McCaskill slowed his vehicle at the bottom of a hill on the Tohajiilee Reservation.

He engaged the four-wheel drive before continuing slowly up the steep,

Federal Agencies Demonstrate Response Capabilities for a Radiological Event

on June 8, 2012 - 10:17am

NNSA News:


KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A joint federal, state and local government workshop and demonstration of the emergency response capabilities that will be deployed in the event of a radiological accident or incident was held this week in Kansas City, Kan.

This technical workshopwas part of a series of events associated with Amber Waves 2012, a radiological dispersaldevice (RDD) exercise series sponsored by the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Personnel from the states of Kansas, Missouri and Iowa, as well as numerous federal agencies

Friday Fire Restrictions Affect 21 Counties

on June 7, 2012 - 9:18pm

NM State Forestry Wildland News:

Due to high fire danger across parts of the state, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary John Bemis and State Forester Tony Delfin today announced restrictions on fireworks, smoking, campfire and open-fires for all or portions of 21 counties.

The restrictions will go into effect at 8 a.m. Friday, June 8.

“Very high fire danger exists across much of western and parts of central New Mexico,” Delfin
said. “I’m urging all residents in the areas affected to follow the restriction guidelines to protect lives and property in their