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Pile Burning Continues Through Sunday

on January 24, 2015 - 12:01pm

Scene from Friday's pile burn at which about 75 piles were destroyed in the Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and Sycamore Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Friday's pile burn in the Pueblo Bowl. Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Friday's pile burn in the Pueblo Bowl. Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Pile burn operations on Los Alamos County land will continue today and Sunday, Jan. 25.

About 75 piles were burned Friday in the Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and

Pile Burns Continue This Weekend

on January 22, 2015 - 10:29am

A firefighter at work during last weekend's prescribed burn in Bayo Canyon. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department and Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue prescribed pile burns on Los Alamos County land Jan. 23-25.

Firefighters are looking for an opportunity to burn piles in two locations - the first is Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and Sycamore Street where crews piled dead and down wood during the summer and Bayo Canyon - designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.

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Scenes From North Bayo Bench Trail

on January 19, 2015 - 5:45am

A view of the prescribed burn underway, taken Sunday from the North Bayo Bench Trail. The North Bayo Bench Trail is a historic road ending at a viewpoint overlooking the orange-walled Bayo Canyon. The prescribed burn is scheduled to end sometime today. Photo by Robert Beberniss

A view of the prescribed burn underway, taken Sunday from the North Bayo Bench Trail. To find the trailhead for North Bayo Bench , from 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos, head west (toward the Jemez Mountains) on Central.
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Pile Burning Underway On Los Alamos County Land

on January 18, 2015 - 11:05am

Los Alamos Firefighters conduct Saturday's prescribed pile burn in Bayo Canyon. Courtesy/LAFD

Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department and Santa Fe National Forest are conducting a prescribed pile burn this weekend through Monday on Los Alamos County land in Bayo Canyon.

The Bayo Canyon prescribed pile burn will consume more than 200 piles east of the Los Alamos town site. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems.

Smoky Sky Due To Prescribed Burn In Bayo Canyon

on January 17, 2015 - 2:20pm

Smoke billowing into the sky today looking northeast from downtown Los Alamos is coming from a prescribed burn in Bayo Canyon. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Smoke seen today looking northeast from downtown Los Alamos is coming from pile burn operations that began today in Bayo Canyon and its tributaries.

The prescribed burn is aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community. The Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest in areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Bayo Canyon Pile Burn Operations Begin Saturday

on January 15, 2015 - 1:42pm

COUNTY News:

Pile burn operations aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community will resume on County land this week.

The Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burning beginning Jan 17, in Bayo Canyon and its tributaries.

This year’s burn operations will focus on areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The locations have high volumes of fuel and are located directly southwest of housing areas. 

Burn units are located in the bottom of Bayo Canyon between the North Mesa

News Alert: Fire Closes U.S. 550

on January 15, 2015 - 1:29pm

DPS News:

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY - The Department of Public Safety just announced that U.S. 550 is closed in both direction due to two 500-gallon propane tanks, and one hot oil tank that is on fire.

Northbound traffic is stopped at the 101 mile marker and southbound traffic is being stopped at the 105 mile marker. The fire is too hot for fire crews to approach at this time. Multiple agencies are responding and assisting with this incident.  

Area residents are not allowed to enter the area until the fire is contained. 

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on January 11, 2015 - 7:33am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct the Cedar Springs and La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District next week. 

Scheduled for Monday, the Cedar Springs prescribed pile burn is 10 acres just north of the community of LLaves and west of the Dead Man Lookout. The La Jara prescribed pile burn, 275 acres northeast of the community of La Jara, is scheduled to begin Tuesday, and continue through March 30, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

2014: Los Alamos Fire Department Highlights

on January 2, 2015 - 11:37am

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a Promotion and Retirement Ceremony in June at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Divisional Chief Richard Garcia retired and was honored at the event for his more than 20 years of dedicated service. He received a special escort as he left the station. Courtesy/LAFD

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes expresses his appreciation to Divisional Chief Richard Garcia who retired after more than 20 years of dedicated service. Courtesy/LAFD 

LAFD Hosts Promotion and Retirement Ceremony

STAFF REPORT

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a Promotion and Retirement

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Broken Water Pipe Puts Damper On New Year's Eve Dinner, Forces Evacuation At Manhattan Project

on December 31, 2014 - 9:37pm

New Year’s Eve diners at the Manhattan Project Restaurant were informed by Victor Medina, right, at about 7 p.m. that they must vacate the building. A few minutes earlier, a fire alarm went off and firefighters arrived on the scene and discovered a broken water pipe near the sprinkler system in an empty office space at the rear of the building on Central Avenue. The water had to be shut off and once the building was evacuated, the electricity also was shut off because water had leaked near electrical breakers.

News Alert: False Alarm At Los Alamos High School

on December 19, 2014 - 9:57am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Principal Debbie Belew-Nyquist just announced that the high school was evacuated this morning due to a fire alarm.

It turned out to be a false alarm and Belew-Nyquist said all students and staff are safe and back in the building.

LAFD Schedules Prescribed Burn In Bayo Canyon

on December 18, 2014 - 1:40pm

Conducting a pre fire burn assessment, from left, Los Alamos Fire Capt. Dan Devall, Capt. James Pepe, Los Alamos resident Marv Alme and Driver Engineer Mike Lewis. Courtesy photo

LADF News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department has scheduled a prescribed burn Jan. 9-10 near Los Alamos in Bayo Canyon.

LAFD Willand Division Chief Ramon Garcia explained that prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring the ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.

Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn Dec. 16-17

on December 16, 2014 - 10:35am

VCT News:

The Valles Caldera Trust is planning to implement a prescribed pile burn today and Wednesday, Dec. 17.

The prescribed pile burn will be on 75 acres of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and the chance for future catastrophic fire and for the restoration of fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem.

Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn may be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area.

Appreciation Dinner Honors Local Firefighters And Police

on December 14, 2014 - 7:22am

Barranca Mesa Elementary teacher Cynthia Kuenzel serves Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, his wife Robyn and children Emily and Nick during Saturday's annual Appreciation Dinner. More than 130 police officers, firefighters and their families were served. The First United Methodist Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Evangelical Church annually host an appreciation dinner during the Christmas Season. Because so many firefighters and police were working Saturday night, a special appreciation breakfast will be held Dec. 29 for personnel who missed the dinner. Photo by Gene Schmidt

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Los Alamos Firefighters Contain White Rock Brush Fire And Preserve Surrounding Homes

on November 20, 2014 - 10:48am

Los Alamos County Firefighters knocked down a brush fire that erupted this morning in the back yard of a home at 49 Grand Canyon. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider was at the scene and said 30-foot flames could be seen over the roofline of the home. The fire consumed a shed on the property and scorched a 600-800 square-foot area, burning trees and the fence between the home and a neighboring home at 47 Grand Canyon. Grider commended his firefighters saying they did a fantastic job of containing the blaze before it could spread to neighboring homes, which were just 30-40 feet away.

Breaking News: Brush Fire Underway In White Rock

on November 20, 2014 - 9:22am

Emergecy vehicles line Grand Canyon as Los Alamos Firefighters work to get a brush fire under control that is burning behind a home on Grand Canyon in White Rock. LAFD Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Grand Canyon is closed and asks motorists to avoid the area while firefighters work to put the fire out. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe National Forest Plans Prescribed Pile Burn

on November 19, 2014 - 3:27pm

FOREST SERVICE News:

SANTA FE— Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed pile burn in the Santa Fe Watershed on the Espanola Ranger District. The Santa Fe Watershed pile burn may be conducted from Dec. 1 through the month of February on favorable days as conditions allow. 

Approximately 100 acres of piles may be treated in the Santa Fe Watershed area, which is located approximately two miles east of Santa Fe. Small blocks of piles may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available

La Jara Prescribed Burn Planned In Santa Fe National Forest

on November 14, 2014 - 5:44am

USFS News: 

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct an additional prescribed pile burn on the Cuba Ranger District. In addition to the previously announced Cedar Springs and Chaparral prescribed burns, the La Jara prescribed burn may be conducted through next March, only on favorable days as conditions allow. 

The La Jara prescribed pile burn is a total of 275 acres in the area northeast of the community of La Jara. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools

Prescribed Burns Planned For Santa Fe National Forest

on November 13, 2014 - 5:02am

U.S. Forest Service News:

SANTA FE– Fire managers at the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District.

The Cedar Springs and Chaparral prescribed pile burns may be conducted from Nov.13 through March 30 only on favorable days as conditions allow. 

The Cedar Springs prescribed pile burn is a total of 160 acres in the area north of the community of LLaves and Dead Man’s Peak Lookout. The Chaparral prescribed pile burn is a total of 120 acres north of the community of Gilman and south of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp near Cuba.

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Sustained Winds Postpone Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn

on November 11, 2014 - 1:14pm

VCNP News:

Today’s prescribed burn scheduled for the Valle Grande on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has been postponed.

Sustained winds prevented the late morning scheduled ignition and are not expected to dissipate in time to complete the project today. Therefore, the prescribed burn is postponed and will be rescheduled for a date later in the season when conditions permit.

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SFNF Plans Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn

on November 11, 2014 - 9:17am

USFS News:

SANTA FE—Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.

The Gallinas Watershed burn may be conducted from Nov. 12, through the month of December only on favorable days as conditions allow. 

A total of 1,000 acres may be treated in the Gallinas Canyon area approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

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

Valles Caldera Conducts Prescribed Burn Today

on November 11, 2014 - 7:12am
Courtesy photo
 
VCNP News:

The Valles Caldera Trust will conduct a prescribed burn of up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande meadow of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Ignition will begin after 10 a.m. after frost evaporates and humidity decreases in the Valle Grande meadow, adjacent to N.M. 4 near mile marker 39.2 in the Jemez Mountains. Some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn but road closures are not expected.
 
This treatment is used to improve the resiliency and sustainability of wildland ecosystems by maintaining and enhancing them

Valles Caldera Trust Plans Prescribed Burn

on November 8, 2014 - 7:25am
The Valles Caldera in summer. Courtesy/VCT

VCT News:

The Valles Caldera Trust is planning a prescribed burn project on the Valles Caldera National Preserve that will begin as early as next Wednesday, Nov. 12 and last for one to three days.

The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande, adjacent to NM Highway 4 near mile marker 39.2. Some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn but road closures are not expected.

If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during midday in order minimize impacts to morning and afternoon commuter

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Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Becomes A Cop

on October 31, 2014 - 2:54pm

Looking like the meanest, badest cop in town, Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider dressed up as one of the community's finest for the County's annual Halloween party today at Fuller Lodge. Grider may have just realized his lifelong dream ... or not. Photo by Katy Korkos

Los Alamos Firefighters Union Endorses Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard For Reelection

on October 23, 2014 - 12:21pm

Los Alamos Firefighters Union with Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy photo

POLITICAL News:

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard received the endorsement of Los Alamos Fighters Union IAFF Local #3279 in her run for re-election to the New Mexico State House, Dist. 43 in the Nov. 4 General Election.

“We proudly stand in support of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard,” said Bert Quintana, president of the Los Alamos Firefighters Union. “Stephanie’s commitment to public safety has been unwavering and she has proven to be a strong champion for area firefighters.”

“I am proud to have this critical

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