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Fun Run A Great Success

on March 26, 2015 - 9:22am
Runners leave the starting line. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
Lucky the Leprechaun (aka Brad Skidmore) on the run. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
By RONDA TRUJILLO
Piñon PTO

The 4th annual Piñon Elementary PTO Fun Run Saturday, March 21 was a great success.

The annual event promoted a morning of family fun, friendship and fitness for both the families at Piñon and the community. Runners and walkers of all abilities were welcomed to enjoy a fun, fast and scenic run benefiting Piñon School.

Folks had a great time running and walking the 1 mile and 5K as "Lucky" the Leprechaun (aka Brad Skidmore),

2014 Pino Fire Recognized For Innovative Strategy, Ecosystem Benefits

on March 25, 2015 - 7:47am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Southwest Fire Science Consortium named the Pino Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest the 2014 “Incident of the Year” for lightning-caused fire in the Southwest. 
 
The 4,313-acre Pino Fire was cited for the innovative suppression strategy that focused on long-term benefits to the landscape and ecosystem.
 
The Southwest Fire Science Consortium said the Pino Fire stood out for several reasons, including its proximity to neighborhoods and smoke impact on Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

'Wildfire 2015' At Fuller Lodge Saturday April 4

on March 23, 2015 - 6:52pm

LAFD News:

As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2015” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4 in Fuller Lodge.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies:

  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos County Emergency Management
  • Interagency Wildfire Management Team

Displays and information include:

  • An opportunity to register your cell phone and e-mail addresses with Los Alamos County Emergency Management for

VIDEO: Watch Lauren Bucklin Give Up Her Hair

on March 18, 2015 - 10:57am

Watch video here of Lauren Bucklin, 23, the sole woman to get her hair shaved at Tuesday's St. Baldricks fundraising event,  sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department to help fight childhood cancer. Bucklin is a kindergarten IA and YMCA After School site manager at Barranca Elementary. Photo and video by Leslie Bucklin

Lauren Bucklin is surrounded by firefighters after she gave up her hair Tuesday morning during LAFD's third annual St. Baldricks fundraiser to fight childhood cancer. Photo/video by Leslie Bucklin

Scenes From LAFD's St. Baldricks Hair Shaving Event

on March 18, 2015 - 8:36am

BEFORE: The Los Alamos Fire Department hosted its third annual St. Baldricks head shaving fundraiser to help fight childhood cancer, Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Among the many firefighters, community members and local officials taking part in the event were from left, Terry Salazar of Zia Commercial Realty, Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher and County Councilor Rick Reiss who formed a team and together raised $450 from family, friends and their own piggy banks. 'We did it for this important cause and for the Los Alamos Firefighters,' Reiss said. Photo by Carol A.

Letter To The Editor: Alternatives To Burning Slash Piles Very Close To Houses

on March 17, 2015 - 9:16am

LAFD Hosts St. Baldricks Head Shaving Event ... Be A Hero For Kids With Cancer

on March 10, 2015 - 9:17am

St. Baldricks head shaving event. Courtesy/stbaldricks.org

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department is hosting its third annual St. Baldricks head shaving fundraiser to help fight childhood cancer.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Patrick's Day, March 17 at Fuller Lodge. LAFD also is selling special LAFD T-shirts for the event, donated by the Local 3279 Firefighters Union - click here.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Chief Stone: Precautions To Prevent Fall Injuries Part 2

on March 5, 2015 - 12:51pm
By BENJAMIN S. STONE
Division Chief, Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department

Slips, trips, and falls outside can be caused by several identifiable elements. Being able to identify these issues and avoid them could be as easy as remembering “SCAN”.

One of our wonderful citizens in Los Alamos shared his way of preventing a fall injury, and asked that I share it with you readers. He took a few moments and created a memory device to remind him to look out for objects that could cause him to fall.

Pile Burn Planned On Virgin Mesa Near Jemez

on March 2, 2015 - 1:04pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are continuing a prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District this week.

The Virgin Mesa prescribed burn may be conducted through March 31, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

The Virgin Mesa prescribed pile burn is 450 acres in an area one mile west of Jemez Springs and eight miles north of the communities of Gilman and Cañon. 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 On Santa Fe National Forest's Cuba Ranger District

on February 24, 2015 - 7:41am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District this week.

The La Jara prescribed pile burns, a remaining total of 56 acres, may continue through March 30, only if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 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.

Pile Burning Continues This Weekend

on February 20, 2015 - 8:04am

LAFD News:

Pile burning will continue this weekend on Los Alamos County lands. 

Smoke from the pile burns will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke will likely be visible from Espanola, Santa Clara and Santa Fe and from N.M. 502 and N.M. 285. 

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Environment Department’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire

WIPP Receives New Emergency Response Vehicle

on February 19, 2015 - 10:40am

Engine 24 has been commissioned at WIPP. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

WIPP recently placed a new emergency response vehicle into service. The new fire engine “Engine 24” will enhance emergency response capabilities at the WIPP facility.

The new four-wheel drive vehicle was designed to respond to both structure and wild land fires. Capable of carrying 1,500 gallons of water on board, the engine has the ability to spray water or foam through a remote-controlled turret located on the front bumper while driving.

LAFD: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Issues Fire Extinguisher Recall

on February 18, 2015 - 10:12am

Kidde Disposable Fire Extinguisher with plastic valve. Courtesy/USCPSC

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department has announced that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for a variety of fire extinguisher models that fail to discharge as expected.

Kidde has received 11 reports of the recalled fire extinguishers failing to discharge as expected. No injuries have been reported.

The fire extinguishers are sold at Home Depot, Menards, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online from August 2013 through November 2014 for between $18

Deer Trap Canyon Pile Burn Saturday-Monday

on February 13, 2015 - 12:26pm

Santa Fe National Forest prescribed burn. Courtesy/USDA

SFNF News:

Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct a prescribed Saturday through Monday in Deer Trap Canyon.

The burn will occur if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

The Deer Trap Canyon prescribed pile burn will be conducted east of Los Alamos. 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

Chief Stone: Precautions To Prevent Fall Injuries

on February 11, 2015 - 2:40pm
By BENJAMIN S. STONE
Division Chief, Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department

In January, LAFD treated 140 patients and 36 of them had injuries from a fall.

According to the CDC, this is a major problem seen across the country. In 2013 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in the emergency room, with a direct medical cost of approximately $30 billion.

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on February 10, 2015 - 2:35pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burns on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District this week. 

The burns are planned through March 31, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

The Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is 1,000 acres, 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

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

Pile Burning To Continue This Weekend

on February 4, 2015 - 11:02am

COUNTY News:

Pile burning will continue this weekend on Los Alamos County lands, but just where and when is dependent on the predicted ventilation.

The Los Alamos Fire Department is looking for an opportunity to burn the remainder of Bayo Canyon and Gonzales Canyon this weekend including 5-8 acres remaining in the bottom of the canyon and a few more piles remaining on the shelf. 

Sunday, LAFD intend to chunk piles and continue to burn what they light Saturday.

Heinrich Continues Work To Reduce Wildfire Risk

on February 4, 2015 - 8:13am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., cosponsored S. 326, the Stewardship End Result Contracting Improvement Act, to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

The bill would make it easier for federal land managers and businesses to partner on long-term, large-scale forest treatment.

"Stewardship contracting is one of the most versatile and powerful tools we have to achieve healthier and more fire resistant forests," Heinrich said. "And like many good tools, it needs to maintained and sharpened from time to time.

Researchers: Smoke From Fires Can Intensify Tornadoes

on February 3, 2015 - 6:16am
A tornado in Shoal Creek Valley in Alabama during a historic severe weather outbreak April 27, 2011. A new study finds that a severe weather outbreak in 2011 was caused mainly by environmental conditions leading to a large potential for tornado formation and conducive to supercells, and that smoke particles intensified these conditions. Photo by Wjalex4/Wikimedia Commons
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Can smoke from fires intensify tornadoes? “Yes,” say researchers, who examined the effects of smoke –- resulting from spring agricultural land-clearing fires in Central America --

Los Alamos Firefighters Shine The Fleet

on February 3, 2015 - 5:59am

Los Alamos Firefighters at White Rock Fire Station 3 shine up the fleet Monday, washing away the slush that warmer weather created after the recent snow storm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

SFNF: Prescribed Burns Planned Cuba Ranger District

on January 31, 2015 - 10:07am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

The La Jara prescribed pile burn, a total of 275 acres northeast of the community of La Jara, may continue through March 30. 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.

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.

Prescribed

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.

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