Skip directly to content


Pino Fire Management Activity Increases

on August 30, 2014 - 10:43am

SFNF News:

Firefighting operations on the Pino Fire are gradually intensifying to take advantage of predicted favorable weather. It is expected that conditions on Tuesday, Sept. 2 will be optimal for aerial and hand ignitions to direct fire to holding and control features. Management of the wildfire is under the direction of a Type 3 Incident Management organization.

The lightning caused fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is now estimated at 132 acres. The fire is located five miles south of State Highway 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

Pino Fire Not Expected to Impact Facilities Over Labor Day Weekend

on August 28, 2014 - 6:54am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The lightning caused Pino Fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is now estimated at 120 acres. The fire is located five miles south of State Highway 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

The heavy rain that was expected yesterday produced a little over one tenth of an inch of rain on the fire. Robust drying is forecast to begin Friday and carry through next week. This drying trend will result in lower humidities and better opportunities for fire growth. An increase in smoke is expected. 

Minimal fire activity was observed yesterday.


Los Alamos Fire Admininstration Offices Closed Aug. 27-29

on August 26, 2014 - 3:43pm

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department Administrative offices at 999 Central Ave., Suite 200 will be closed Wednesday Aug. 27 through Friday Aug. 29.

All Administrative staff will be participating in a process of Internal Stakeholders meetings during this time, as the department is working on a process of improving daily quality of services by establishing a new Community Driven Strategic Plan.

Telephones will be routed to 311 Customer Care during working hours. Messages will be checked regularly and returned promptly. The community's patience and understanding is appreciated.



Scene From Monday's Single Vehicle Accident

on August 26, 2014 - 9:05am

Photographed at 8:30 p.m. Monday were emergency responders working the scene near Anderson Overlook where a vehicle went over the edge and into the canyon. The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office reported that the female and male occupants were air lifted to area hospitals with serious injuries. Photo by David Bouquin

First responders working Monday afternoon at the scene. Courtesy photo

Wet Weather Slows Pino Fire Growth

on August 24, 2014 - 8:00am

SANTA FE – The lightning caused Pino Fire on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District is now estimated at 91 acres.

The fire, which is being managed for resource benefit, was slowed Friday due to wetting rains in the area most of the day. Some active fire behavior was observed in the heavy fuels. Fire crews continued to monitor behavior and made preparations to step up ignition operations next week if conditions allow.

There are no road closures due to the fire at this time.

Positive Progress Made On Pino Fire

on August 22, 2014 - 8:46am

SFNF News:

The Pino Fire, which began as a lightning strike on the Jemez Ranger District is now at 83 acres.

Firing operations were conducted on the southeast and east flanks of the fire Thursday. The consumption of fuels was thorough and favorable. Some smoke lingered over the area due to diminished winds. 

The fire is being managed for resource benefit. The fire is allowed to burn naturally and selectively with site specific hand ignitions to manage the rate and direction of fire spread.

Pino Fire Grows To 30 Acres - Being Managed For Resource Benefit

on August 19, 2014 - 1:37pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The lightning caused Pino Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District south of Forest Road 270BC and six miles east of Jemez Springs, continues to be managed for resource benefit.

Firefighting personnel yesterday reported very little precipitation, which resulted in more fire activity increasing the size to 30 acres. Personnel continued scouting the area and collecting fuels moisture data samples to help in planning.

Weather patterns for the next few days may include more precipitation over the fire area as partly cloudy skies with scattered showers

Pino Fire Grows To 26 Acres Since Aug. 13

on August 18, 2014 - 7:03pm

SFNF News:

The lightning caused Pino Fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, was first sighted Aug. 13 when it was approximately ½ acre in size. 

Because the fire was smoldering, no imminent growth was anticipated, a flash flood warning had been issued for the area, and access to the site was limited, no immediate action was taken.

Personnel were able to reach the fire Friday and verified that it was caused by a lightning strike. It is now 26 acres and burning on a spur ridge south of Forest Road 270BC, six miles east of Jemez Springs.

Los Alamos Firefighters On The Job 24/7

on August 18, 2014 - 8:50am

Los Alamos County Firefighter Cary Mace on the job Sunday afternoon in front of Fire Station 6 on East Road. Local firefighters rotate shifts to provide 24/7 coverage to the community and LANL. When they aren't fighting fires or responding to medical calls, firefighters participate in ongoing training programs, maintain the six fire stations and equipment such as fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos and White Rock, conduct educational presentations to schools and community events and devote time to physical fitness workouts. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County

Police Seek Information On Pinon Elementary Arson

on August 15, 2014 - 12:26pm

Melted playground equipment. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is seeking information about a recent arson at Pinon Elementary School.

The arson at at the school at 90 Grand Canyon occurred sometime between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. in the back playground area. When police and fire officials arrived, they observed and extinguished a fire in some playground equipment. The blaze caused extensive damage to the playground slide that was recently purchased for this current school year.

“At this time, both LAFD arson investigators and LAPD detectives are actively looking

Arson Did Not Damage Pinon Elementary's Spirit

on August 15, 2014 - 8:56am

Police are searching for the person or persons who set fire to playground equipment at Pinon Elementary School Wednesday night. 'We are all sad here about what happened but did not let it ruin our spirits and the so many positive celebrations in the students' first day of school," teacher Christine Peters told the Los Alamos Daily Post. 'We are a family at Pinon and will overcome this and we will continue to provide our students an outstanding educational experience.' Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact police at 505.662.8222. Photo by Chrstine Peters

Fire set Wednesday

Pinon Elementary School Playground Vandalized

on August 14, 2014 - 3:06pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos School Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced moments ago that the school district has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for the vandalism overnight to the Pinon Elementary School playground on Grand Canyon in White Rock.

Police and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a call of a fire on the Pinon playground that came in at approximately 1:28 a.m., today from a resident who called Fire Station 3 on N.M. 4.

Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson, Det.

Pino Fire Underway in Jemez Ranger District

on August 14, 2014 - 1:01pm

SFNF News:

The Pino Fire was reported Wednesday on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District. 

It is approximately one-half acre in size on a spur ridge. The fire is smoldering and no significant growth is anticipated in the next 24 hours. 

No action was taken on the Pino Fire Wednesday because a flash flood warning had been issued for that area and access to the site is limited. As soon as fire managers are able to reach the fire area, they will determine an appropriate course of action.  

The Pino Fire may be managed for resource benefit. 

Prescribed Fire Planned for Santa Fe National Forest

on August 8, 2014 - 7:24am

SFNF News:

Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a pile prescribed fire Aug. 18 to Sept. 28 on the Jemez Ranger District.

The Los Griegos pile prescribed burn may be conducted only on favorable days as conditions allow. A total of 500 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the Sierra Los Pinos community, 17 miles southwest of Los Alamos. Small blocks of land 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.


Los Alamos Firefighters Rescue Dehydrated Hiker

on August 7, 2014 - 7:16pm

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider

Staff Report

Los Alamos firefighters rescued a 77-year-old hiker from Pueblo Canyon Wednesday.

"He was out hiking and became dehydrated and couldn’t make it out so our firefighters located him and transported him to Los Alamos Medical Center where he was treated and released," Grider said.

The LAFD Training Division provides for and maintains the department’s preparedness for this type of incident that occurs occasionally in canyons throughout the county.

The department has two full time training officers with fire service, instructional and

Taos Celebrates Smokey's 70th Birthday

on August 5, 2014 - 9:03am



Carson National Forest, Taos Bureau of Land Management and the Town of Taos are joining to host a birthday party 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9 in honor of Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday.

Smokey’s Birthday celebration will include a birthday cake, songs, games, a Smokey Bear poster exhibit and an opportunity for children to have their picture taken with Smokey.


LAFD Selects New Fire Marshal and Captain

on August 4, 2014 - 9:05pm

New Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes announced this morning that two members of LAFD have been promoted, effective today.

Jeff Wetteland has been promoted to battalion chief, in charge of the Fire & Life Safety Division. Wetteland began his career with LAFD in July 2001 and was promoted to captain in April 2009. Chief Wetteland will serve as the County’s fire marshal.

New Fire Capt. Jeff Saiz

Jeff Saiz has been promoted to captain. He was hired in January 2006 and promoted to driver/engineer in February 2011. 

Hughes said both promotions


Fire Restrictions Relaxed Across Los Alamos County

on July 21, 2014 - 10:21am

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Fire Department relaxed its Fire Restrictions in Los Alamos County Saturday.

This relaxation of fire restrictions is based upon:

  • Local weather improvement, including:

o    Seasonal Monsoon pattern with recent regular rainfall

o    Rising humidity values in the weather

  • Fuel condition improvements, including:

o    Reduction in Fire Danger Level, from Extreme to Moderate and Low for  several weeks

o    Reduction in Ignition Potential

o    Steady increase in the Dead Fuel Moistures to double-digit levels.

  • Daily fire occurrence situations, including:

o    The

FEMA Awards $56,858 Grant For Firefighting Equipment For Questa Volunteer Fire Department

on July 19, 2014 - 7:40am

FEMA News:

A fire training academy and 10 fire departments in New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas have been awarded more than $1.54 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The grant in New Mexico totals $56,858 and covers the cost of firefighting equipment for the Questa Volunteer Fire Department. The grants in Arkansas total $342,100 and pay for an all-terrain firefighting truck for the Etowah Fire Department and firefighting equipment for the Arkansas Fire Training Academy in Camden.

In Louisiana, the grants total $649,642 and cover

Heinrich Video Addresses Wildfire Funding Reform

on July 18, 2014 - 10:14am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing July 15, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., continued to push to reform federal wildfire policy by funding major wildfires the same way as other natural disasters, while freeing up funding to prevent future fires.

The committee considered the Administration's wildfire preparedness and forest service 2015 fiscal year budget proposal, which includes a plan based on a bill Heinrich is co-sponsoring, which would treat the largest fires -- roughly 1 percent of annual

Hydrant Testing Underway Through October

on July 16, 2014 - 11:53am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County through October. 

The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year. These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU). 

LAFD firefighters and vehicles will be visible throughout the community flowing water from the hydrants

Firefighters Consider Using Drones to Fight Wildfires

on July 9, 2014 - 9:09am

U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator UAV Drone. Courtesy/USAF

BLM News:

Federal wildland firefighting officials are exploring the deployment of drones to assist in surveillance and reconnaissance missions during a wildfire.

Drones sent to survey fire patterns during a wildfire could help keep firefighters out of risky situations by providing real-time information to officials on the ground. Few wildfire officials have used drones in the line of duty, and managers with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S.

Los Alamos Police Prevail Against Firefighters in July 4th Softball Game

on July 5, 2014 - 12:34pm

LAPD softball team members. Courtesy photo

LAFD and LAPD gather for a photo. Courtesy photo

Scene from Friday's softball game between LAPD and LAFD. Photo by Chris Clark/


Staff Report

Members of the Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos Fire Department squared off Friday morning at Overlook Park for their annual Fourth of July softball game.

There was no mistaken the intent of the police officers as they hammered in run after run, amassing a final score of 40-9. They were clearly out for redemption after their defeat in the “Battle of the Badges” basketball game

Helicopters Pass Above Los Alamos To Fight Diego Fire

on July 2, 2014 - 12:26pm

A helicopter was spotted flying above Los Alamos several times Tuesday that was heading to drop fire retardent on the Diego Fire near Coyote. Full suppression actions will continue today with crews taking advantage of higher humidity and more favorable weather conditions. Anchor points have been established and crews and dozers will continue to build line around the fire. Personnel continue to assess structures and remove fuel where necessary. Overall, the fire should be less active than previous days, according to the state's Incident Information System. Photo by Robert Beberniss



Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Attends Diego Fire Community Meeting

on July 2, 2014 - 10:18am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with constituents at Tuesday evening's Diego Fire community meeting in Coyote. Garcia Richard explained that the fire is between Coyote and Gallina and several families have ranch land that the fire has burned through or is threatening. The fire is approximately four miles northwest of the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the fire management team is hopeful that tonight's moisture will help get the blaze under control, Garcia Richard said. Courtesy photo


Acres: 3,635 Start Date: First reported June 25, lightning map