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Prescribed Pile Burn On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District To Focus On Illegally Dumped Debris

on January 11, 2017 - 9:35am
Pile of burning debris. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct an administrative pile burn to reduce illegally dumped slash and woody debris that has accumulated along Forest Road 86-A on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.
 
Ignitions on the 0.1-acre site, 3 miles northeast of the Village of Pecos, may begin as early as tomorrow if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
 
Illegal dumping is a serious problem on national forests, and even plant-based waste

McQuiston: Fireplace Maintenance And Safety

on December 31, 2016 - 7:22am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
The wood is stacked, the flue is open and the match is in hand. You’re about to enjoy a wonderful winter evening by the fire. Just know this first: Heat sources ignite more than 50,000 home fires in the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
 
We’re not trying to put a damper on the mood. We just want your fire to be as safe as it is warm, so here are five fireplace safety tips to remember:
  • Maintain your fireplace, chimney and the surrounding area: Each year, ideally before your first fire of the season, bring in a certified

LAFD Issues Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

on December 28, 2016 - 5:15pm

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos Police And Fire Chaplain Gives Thanks

on December 23, 2016 - 10:36am

By An Appreciative Los Alamos Police and Fire Chaplain

Notification went out through fliers and emails, as it has for the past 10 years, that the Annual Police and Firefighter Appreciation Dinner was to take place Dec. 17 at the First United Methodist Church. The menu would include prime rib and/or smoked salmon. The announcement also stated “bring your families and allow us the privilege and blessing of serving you. Retirees are also invited to attend.”

For the past 10 years Susan Nava and her husband Dennis Trumblee and an unbelievable number of volunteers of all ages have organized this

LAFD Offers Winter Heating Safety Tips

on December 20, 2016 - 3:48pm

LAFD News:

Brrr! Do the chilly temperatures have you dreaming of cozy gatherings around a brightly lit fire? Or maybe your home’s heating systems are working double time to keep you warm this winter. Los Alamos Fire Department says safety must be a top priority regardless of the type of heat source you are utilizing. Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Follow Los Alamos Fire Department’s suggestions to keep your home warm and safe.

Space Heaters

“The biggest mistake is putting something too close to a heating source,” says Division Chief Ramon Garcia.

Joaquin Prescribed Pile Burn Continues On Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez And Cuba Ranger Districts

on December 15, 2016 - 3:30pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue the Joaquin prescribed pile burn on Thursday, Dec. 15, if conditions, including air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable. 
 
The 60-acre treatment area sits on the boundary between the Jemez and Cuba Ranger Districts.
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on December 13, 2016 - 6:44am

Prescribed pile burn planned as early as Wednesday on the SFNF's Cuba Ranger District. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning a prescribed pile burn on the Cuba Ranger District.

The 20-acre Ojitos prescribed pile burn, located just northeast of Rancho Del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp, may begin as early as Wednesday, Dec. 14, only if conditions, including air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. Fire managers expect to complete ignitions in one day.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn Continues On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

on December 3, 2016 - 8:29am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn next week, focusing on a 180-acre block in the Las Dispensas area and a 1,120-acre unit on Johnson Mesa. 
 
Ignitions may begin Monday, Dec. 5, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable and may continue through Thursday, Dec. 8.
 
The Gallinas Watershed, located approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM, is a priority for forest restoration, including prescribed burning, because it is the primary water

Jemez Ranger District Conducts Thompson Ridge Prescribed Burn

on December 2, 2016 - 9:14am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are conducting the previously announced Thompson Ridge prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District.  
 
Conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable to complete the burn. The 40-acre treatment area is north of the community of Thompson Ridge off of Forest Road 106. 
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

2016 Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference At UNM-LA

on December 1, 2016 - 10:53pm

Presenter Jenna White MD speaks to first responders Nov. 19 at the 2016 Fire and Ice Emergency Management and Critical Care Conferance at UNM-LA.. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the conferance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

First responders from across the Southwest convened Nov. 18-20 for the 2016 Fire and Ice Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Conference at UNM-Los Alamos.

Speakers from across the region presented talks on various aspects of emergency and critical care to 75 first responders.

Among the many

DNCU Provides Holiday Meals To On-Duty Firefighters

on November 25, 2016 - 9:52am

DNCU News:

Del Norte Credit Union, northern New Mexico’s hometown financial co‐op, provided warm holiday meals to many of the area’s on‐duty firefighters Thursday. Delicious turkey meals with all
the trimmings, purchased through an area supermarket as well as a local restaurant, fed five Los Alamos County fire stations. seven Santa Fe City fire stations, as well as Española Fire Rescue.

“This is our way to help make the day a little brighter for these public servants who keep our communities safe, especially since many of them will miss their family meals,” DNCU President/CEO Chuck Valenti,

Deep-Frying Your Turkey? Be Safe

on November 24, 2016 - 6:34am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

First, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  And with it being turkey day I thought I would do an article on something I haven’t done personally, but is apparently quite popular.
 
One of the most popular ways of preparing that Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey is deep-frying.  Unfortunately it is also one of the fastest growing causes of home fires resulting in millions of dollars in damage and numerous injuries and deaths. But if it’s done correctly and safely, a deep-fried turkey can be a delicious part of your holiday feast.

According to the National Fire

Los Alamos National Bank Gives Thanks To First Responders ... Particularly Los Alamos Fire Department

on November 23, 2016 - 11:50am

Los Alamos National Bank CEO John Gulas commends the Los Alamos Fire Department for its dedication to community safety. LAFD responded to the Bank Tuesday regarding a suspicious odor on the third floor of the building, which turned out to be a heating/ventilation system malfunction. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com

The scene Tuesday outside Los Alamos National Bank as the Los Alamos Fire Department responds to a call regarding a suspicious odor on the third floor of the building, which turned out to be a heating/ventilation system malfunction.

Smoke Alarm May Have Saved Life In Local House Fire

on November 7, 2016 - 1:36pm

Los Alamos Firefighters battle the blaze at a home at 108 Sherwood Blvd. Wednesday morning in White Rock. Photo by Stephen Rinaldi/LAFDPhoto by Stephen Rinaldi/LAFD

Los Alamos Firefighters quickly contained the fire at 108 Sherwood Blvd. Wednesday morning and kept it from burning adjacent homes. Photo by Stephen Rinaldi/LAFD

The boarded up home Sunday at 108 Sherwood Blvd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A blaring smoke alarm woke the male resident asleep Wednesday morning inside his home at 108 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock.

Gallina WUI Prescribed Burn Planned On Coyote Ranger District

on November 1, 2016 - 10:59am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest expect to begin the previously announced Gallina wildland-urban interface (WUI) prescribed burn on the Coyote Ranger District today if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts are favorable. 
 
WUI refers to the transition zone between natural areas and human development. As more homes are built in the WUI adjacent to public lands that are naturally prone to wildfire, the risk to property increases.

Encino Burn Planned On Coyote Ranger District

on October 27, 2016 - 9:39am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the Encino prescribed pile burn on the Coyote Ranger District. 
 
Ignitions on approximately 5 acres near the community of Encino could begin as early as today, Oct. 27, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Prescribed Burns Planned On Coyote Ranger District

on October 22, 2016 - 9:45am

Prescribed burn. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest announced Friday plans to conduct prescribed burns in several locations on the Coyote Ranger District, including the Gallina wildland-urban interface (WUI), throughout the fall. 

Ignitions on several pile burns and the Gallina WUI could begin as early as Monday, Oct. 24, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

Fire managers hope to treat 500 acres around the community of Gallina and up to another 500 acres of pile burns scattered

Mesa Potrero Prescribed Burn Planned On Coyote Ranger District

on October 19, 2016 - 2:16pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the previously announced Mesa Potrero pile burn on the Coyote Ranger District this week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 
 
Ignitions on the 470-acre fire, located 7 miles northwest of Coyote, could begin today, Oct. 19, and conclude Friday, Oct. 21. Crews expect to burn small blocks of 100 acres per day.
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn Postponed Again

on October 19, 2016 - 9:37am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers are postponing the completion of the prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed until Oct. 24 or later, based on windy conditions predicted for this week.
 
At the end of operations last week, fire crews had completed an estimated 200 acres in the Gallinas wildland-urban interface (WUI) project area. The 1,300-acre Gallinas Watershed treatment area is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas, N.M.   
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Santa Fe Area Sees Residual Smoke From Watershed Prescribed Burn

on October 16, 2016 - 1:32pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Smoke from the prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed last week is lingering over the city as higher-than-expected temperatures created an inversion that has slowed its dispersal.

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest, in consultation with the New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Health, decided Friday morning to stop ignitions on the Watershed prescribed burn based on air quality and smoke impacts to Santa Fe.

NPS: Prescribed Burns Begin Next Week

on October 15, 2016 - 8:10am
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve will initiate prescribed burn projects beginning early next week, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions.
 
The prescribed burn will take place within an approximately 1,200-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of 3-8 nonconsecutive days. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve.
 

Scenes From Three Car-Collision On Trinity

on October 15, 2016 - 1:05am

Police cited the driver of this GM Emulsion LLC truck from Santa Fe for following too close after it ran into the back of a car and pushed it into the back of another car around 5 p.m. Thursday on Trinity Drive. Police had to tow the damaged truck to an adjacent parking lot. Los Alamos firefighters arrived on the scene to check out those involved for possible injuries and also doused an area of oil spilled on the roadway with a foamy solution. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Evening commuter traffic slows at the site of a three-vehicle accident Thursday on Trinity Drive.

No More Ignitions Planned Today On Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn

on October 14, 2016 - 4:16pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Based on smoke impacts to the City of Santa Fe and data on air quality, the Santa Fe National Forest decided today to conclude the prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed. 
 
Fire crews used hand and aerial ignitions on Wednesday and Tuesday to burn approximately 1,785 acres of the 2,435-acre planning area. Forecasted afternoon and evening winds did not materialize as expected, and an inversion kept smoke over the city. Air quality monitors on Upper Canyon Road and at the state’s Harold L. Runnels Building at Alta Vista and St.

Fire And Explosion Investigation Guideline Approved

on October 14, 2016 - 8:03am
Courtesy/Shutterstock
 
NIST News:
 
The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science has approved theNational Fire Protection Association Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations for inclusion on the OSAC Registry, which serves as a trusted repository of high-quality, science-based standards and guidelines for forensic practice.
 
This is the first guideline to be included on the OSAC Registry, where it joins the first standard, which was listed earlier this year.
 
OSAC, which is administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),

Los Alamos Firefighters Local 3279 Endorses Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard In House Dist. 43 Race

on October 10, 2016 - 3:36pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

POLITICAL News:

The Los Alamos Firefighters Association, IAFF 3279, has announced that it has chosen to endorse Democrat Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard in the race for the House Seat in District 43.

Bert Quintana, president of the Los Alamos Firefighters Association, expressed solid support for Rep. Garcia Richard's re-election bid, and her commitment to all First Responders in District 43.

“We recognize your commitment to District 43, and the support you have provided us and the New Mexico Firefighters Association at the Legislature,” Quintana said.

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