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Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Postponed

on September 16, 2014 - 3:48pm

SFNF News:

 SANTA FE – Fire managers from Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District have postponed the Santa Fe Watershed prescribed fire that was scheduled for ignition this week. 

The Southwest Coordination Center and the Weather Predictive Service have predicted that remnants of former Hurricane Odile will bring significant moisture and poor ventilation through the end of this week and possibly into next week. Weather conditions such as wind, temperature and humidity must meet specific criteria before any prescribed fire can be implemented. 

Because the forecasted conditions

Annual Homecoming Bonfire At 7:30 p.m., Wednesday

on September 16, 2014 - 3:42pm

Seen from the 2013 homecoming bonfire event. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Seen from the 2013 homecoming bonfire event. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

LAYL News:

Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) is proud to bring to the community the annual homecoming bonfire at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Sullivan Field parking lot.

Everyone is welcome to stop by, support the football team, and roast s'mores while enjoying a nice evening full of music and Topper spirit. The event won’t go past 9:30 p.m.

Espanola Fire District Plans Controlled Burn

on September 11, 2014 - 7:06am

FOREST SERVICE News:

SANTA FE–Fire managers from Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District have been working with the support of the City of Santa Fe, the Nature Conservancy, the Santa Fe Watershed Association, and New Mexico State Forestry to develop a long-term plan to improve forest health in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.  Several fuel reduction treatments have been completed to date and another prescribed fire will be conducted as soon as weather conditions are favorable, perhaps as early as next week. 

Hand and aerial ignitions will be used to treat 844-acres in an area

Prescribed Fires Planned For Jemez Ranger District

on September 10, 2014 - 11:52am

USFS News:

SANTA FE — Prescribed fires will be conducted throughout Santa Fe National Forest Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 as conditions are favorable.

These fires are designed to reduce excess fuels, provide community protection, and improve forest health. The start dates and duration of these burns will be dependent on weather, wind, and fuel moisture conditions.

In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Santa Fe National Forest will host the International Fire Training Program again this year.

Body Found in Hotel Room in White Rock Today

on September 6, 2014 - 1:36pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters responded about noon today to the scene of a dead man in his room at the Hampton Inn & Suites on N.M. 4 in White Rock. According to officials, relatives discovered the body of the Springfield, VA man and called 911. The cause of death is unknown and the case is being turned over to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A Los Alamos police officer retrieves paperwork from his patrol car before returning inside the hotel to wait for someone from the Office of the Medical Investigator to arrive.

Bandelier Rangers, Los Alamos Fire Department Assist Lost Hikers

on September 5, 2014 - 8:43am
Present trail conditions in Frijoles Canyon, results of the flooding following the Las Conchas Fire in 2011. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Two Bandelier rangers spent a long night earlier this week searching for six Albuquerque-area hikers, three adults and three children ages 4-7, lost in the park.
 
Tuesday at about 3 a.m. they found the group, exhausted, dehydrated and hungry but otherwise healthy, near Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon.

Pino Fire Appears To Have Met Resource Objectives

on September 4, 2014 - 10:18pm

The Pino Fire is burning five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. Screenshot/ladp

SFNF News:

SANTA FE - The lightning caused Pino Fire is now estimated at 4,313 acres. The fire is burning on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

This fire has been highly visible for the past few days as it has been managed to improve forest health. Through a combination of hand and aerial ignitions, low-intensity fires have been used to reduce excess fuels.

SFNF: Managed Pino Fire Proceeds According To Plan

on September 3, 2014 - 7:43pm
Firefighters use hand and aerial ignitions to direct the Pino wildfire to control features, removing hazardous fuels and minimizing the threat of future high intensity wildfires. Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski/jemezdailypost.com
 
Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski/jemezdailypost.com

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers were very pleased with the activity on the Pino Fire Tuesday. Firefighters used hand and aerial ignitions to direct the wildfire to control features, removing hazardous fuels and minimizing the threat of future high intensity wildfires.

The lightning caused Pino wildfire is now

Scenes of Pino Fire Smoke From Santa Fe

on September 3, 2014 - 6:11am

Smoke from the Pino Fire was visible Tuesday evening from a home on the north side of Santa Fe. The Pino Fire was started by lightning within the planned Paliza prescribed fire area. The Pino Fire is burning on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. It is now 164 acres in size. Photo by Jim Gautier

Smoke from the Pino Fire as seen Tuesday evening from the north side of Santa Fe. Photo by Jim Gautier

Large Smoke Column From Pino Fire Visible in Los Alamos and White Rock

on September 2, 2014 - 9:40pm

Smoke from the Pino Fire near Jemez Springs was visible throughout the county today and this large column of smoke was spotted around 7 p.m. looking west past the Visitors Center from N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

SFNF News:

Conditions were very favorable today for fire managers to ignite areas around the Pino Fire to achieve desired resource objectives. 

The Pino Fire was started by lightning within the planned Paliza prescribed fire area.

Pino Fire Aerial And Hand Ignitions Begin

on September 2, 2014 - 7:27am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE - The lightning caused Pino Fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is now estimated at 152 acres. The fire is five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

This fire is being managed for resource benefits. Sunday's fire behavior was the most active seen on this fire, and is accomplishing resource objectives, including fuel reduction, nutrient recycling, forest insect and disease regulation, and watershed protection for Ponderosa and other communities. Smoke production is likely to increase, and will be visible over a much wider area.

Additional Resources Arriving For Pino Fire

on August 31, 2014 - 10:04am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Today and Monday, more firefighters and equipment will be arriving in Jemez Springs to strengthen the Type 3 Incident Management organization on the Pino Wildfire.

The lightning caused fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is now estimated at 141 acres. The fire is five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. The wildfire is being managed for resource benefit.

Saturday, firefighters observed low intensity fire activity. Smoke from this fire is still not significant, but will steadily increase over the holiday weekend.

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.

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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.

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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/ladailypost.com

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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

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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. 

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