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UNM-LA Cuts Ribbon On Newly Renovated Fire & EMS Training Facility

on August 22, 2016 - 5:50pm
UNM-Los Alamos CEO Dr. Cynthia Rooney and UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Steve Boerigter cut the ribbon placed in front of the ambulance simulator Aug. 11, officially opening the renovated Fire & EMS Training Facility on campus. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Interior of the simulated ambulance used for training at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By NANCY COOMBS
UNM-Los Alamos

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) hosted an Open House and ribbon cutting event Aug. 11 to celebrate the completed renovation of the Fire & EMS Training Facility.

SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned For Española Ranger District

on August 18, 2016 - 10:09pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to take advantage of the warm days and cool nights of September to conduct prescribed burns in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed and on Borrego Mesa, both on the Española Ranger District.
 
The September window is intended to take advantage of fall weather but is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.
 
The planning area for the Watershed prescribed burn totals 1,800 acres within two to eight miles east of the City of Santa Fe.

Thieves Steal Crucial Wildland Firefighting Equipment

on July 29, 2016 - 10:42am

SFNF To Lift Stage I Fire Restrictions Thursday

on July 27, 2016 - 4:16pm

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest will lift campfire and smoking restrictions effective 8 a.m. Thursday, July 28, due to widespread rain across the forest and decreasing fire danger. 

The forest implemented Stage I fire restrictions July 15 based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal temperatures.

Forest managers use several criteria to determine when to lift fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.

Santa Fe National Forest Plans Prescribed Burns

on July 26, 2016 - 9:28am

Fire managers are planning to conduct two prescribed burns this fall on the Coyote Ranger District in the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct two prescribed burns on the Coyote Ranger District this fall.

The 5,041-acre French Mesa treatment area is approximately 10 miles north of Gallina and the 470-acre Mesa Potrero pile burn located approximately seven miles northwest of the community of Coyote.

The window for hand ignitions may open as early as Aug. 1, 2016, and run through Sept.

Learn About Wildland Fire Fighting Wednesday

on July 22, 2016 - 7:38am
Wildland fire truck.Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

What does it take to be a wildland fire fighter? What equipment do they use? What can kids do to prevent wildfires from starting? On Wednesday, July 27, bring the family to find the answer to these and lots of other fire-related questions! Beginning at 6:30 p.m., local wildland firefighters will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate how to use their firefighting equipment and let families see their fire engine.

Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), and

Alert: Temporary Glitch In 911 Phone Lines At Los Alamos Police Department’s Dispatch Center

on July 21, 2016 - 9:26pm

UPDATE: LAPD's Dispatch Center 911 phone lines are now working properly again.

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department’s Dispatch Center is reporting that its 911 phone lines are not operating properly.

Phone calls coming in on 911 are forwarding to Santa Fe’s police dispatch center as an interim solution, and Santa Fe dispatch is then working the calls made to 911 back to LAPD dispatch using cell phones to relay information.

Phone technicians are on their way to the Dispatch Center to try and resolve the issue and Century Link is also investigating the phone line.

LAFD Seeks Citizen Volunteers As ‘Bi-Stander’ Actors For Aug. 20 CPR Training Exercise At Ashley Pond Park

on July 19, 2016 - 9:13pm

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department will be conducting CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) training Aug. 20 at Ashley Pond Park near the concert stage.

This training will include all aspects of a cardiac arrest event, including a 911 call to the Los Alamos Consolidated Dispatch Center from a witness, over-the-phone CPR instructions from trained dispatchers, the response by LAFD, and treatment by LAFD responders. All treatment and care will be administered to a hi-fidelity CPR mannequin, which measures the effectiveness of the CPR being provided.

Governor Directs Agencies To Prepare For Potential Flooding In Aftermath Of Timberon Fire

on July 19, 2016 - 7:56am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has directed state agencies responding to the Timberon Fire in Otero County to work with local leaders and other local, county, and federal entities on plans and actions required in the aftermath of the Timberon Fire.
 
In the aftermath of devastating wildfires such as the Timberon Fire, affected areas can often be vulnerable to flooding, excessive debris runoff, and dangerous effects to the local watershed which can be difficult to control and cause further damage.
 
“Protecting residents and their health and safety is always our first

Los Alamos County Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

on July 18, 2016 - 11:30am

COUNTY News Alert:

Effective immediately, Los Alamos County is under Stage I Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See Exemption 1)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Stage I Exemptions:

  • Developed campgrounds with metal grills using charcoal or propane are

LAFD Extinguishes Grass Fire Near Fireman Park

on July 17, 2016 - 2:51pm

Los Alamos Firefighters jumped on a grass fire and extinguished it quickly this afternoon in an arroyo next to Fireman Park in Los Alamos. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters are again cautioning residents and visitors that the area is in very high fire danger status. Photo by Merry McIntyre

Scene from this afternoon's fire suppression operation by LAFD near Fireman Park. Photo by Merry McIntyre

Scene from this afternoon's fire suppression operation by LAFD near Fireman Park. Photo by Merry McIntyre

Scene from this afternoon's fire suppression operation by LAFD near

Los Alamos Firefighters Douse Fire In School Canyon

on July 17, 2016 - 11:16am

Los Alamos Firefighters knocked down a small fire this morning that ignited in School Canyon. The cause of the fire is under investigation and firefighters remind hikers that the area is under high fire conditions. School Canyon is a tributary of Pueblo Canyon that heads near LA Mountain on the Santa Fe National Forest. This trail traverses a bench below 37th Street and connects with the trail network in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Bill Dunn

UPDATE: Timberon Fire In Otero County

on July 16, 2016 - 7:17am
NMSF News:
 
The Pecos Zone Type III Team has assumed command of the Timberon Fire in Otero County. There are no reported changes to the fire’s size or activity. Containment lines continue to hold. The fire is 14 percent contained.

Numerous resources have been or are in the process of being released from the fire today. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity are helping firefighters with suppression efforts. Evacuation orders are still in operation and will remain so until further notice.

The Timberon Fire has burned 290 acres of private land. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

SFNF Implements Stage I Fire Restrictions

on July 15, 2016 - 10:32am
CAUTION: Fire Danger is Very High! Courtesy image
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest will implement campfire and smoking restrictions effective 8 a.m. today.
 
Fire danger on the forest remains very high due to continued high temperatures and dry conditions accompanying the delayed onset of the monsoon season.
 
Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas with existing fire rings or grills. Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites.

Governor Activates State Emergency Operations Center, Federal Funding Approved To Assist In Timberon Fire

on July 15, 2016 - 10:04am
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez directed the activation of the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center Thursday to assist in the coordinated response to the Timberon Fire in Otero County.
 
Martinez also announced that federal funding to help cover costs associated with fighting the fire has been approved.
 
“First and foremost, our priority is protecting the people of Timberon and surrounding areas,” Martinez said.

Sierra Club Statement On Crude Oil And Wastewater Tankers Explosion

on July 13, 2016 - 3:58pm

SIERRA CLUB News:

NAGEEZI – Monday night, 36 tankers storing crude oil and wastewater exploded and burned.

According to reports, approximately 10 families were evacuated and as of this morning, the fire has yet to be extinguished.

In response, Sierra Club Beyond Dirty Fuels Director Lena Moffitt released the following statement:

“Our thoughts are with the families affected by this disaster, which further highlights the extreme dangers dirty fuels pose not only to our climate and public health, but to our communities.

Letter To The Editor: Kudos To Fire Department

on July 13, 2016 - 7:07am
By CAROL BRONISZ
Los Alamos

Kudos to the Los Alamos Fire Department for the handling of the North Mesa fire on Tuesday. Their quick and skillful response prevented what could have been a disastrous situation with the current dry conditions. 

I wish to convey a personal thank you to all of the firefighters who did an outstanding job.

Small Fire Erupts Near Los Alamos Middle School

on July 12, 2016 - 3:23pm
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Fire investigators are at the scene of a small fire that erupted this afternoon on San Ildefonso Road near Camino Duraznillo on North Mesa in Los Alamos.

Fire crews arrived quickly and jumped right on it, Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland said.

"I watched the fire attack almost from start to finish and the firefighters were real aggressive in putting it out," Wetteland said moments ago. "We are in extreme fire danger conditions right now, and with this wind, it could have really gotten out of hand."

Wetteland said initial indications are that the fire started

Oil Rig Explosion Closes Highway 550 Near Nageezi

on July 12, 2016 - 10:43am

Fire burns five-acre area comprising more than 30 oil storage tanks this morning near the intersection of County Road 7890 and U.S. Highway 550. Courtesy/jemezdailypost.com

JEMEZ DAILY POST:

Travelers on U.S. Highway 550 are being notified that the highway is closed today in both directions at mile marker 114, near Nageezi and Councelor due to a fire on an oil and gas well.

The five-acre site, comprising more than 30 oil storage tanks, is near the intersection of County Road 7890 and U.S. Highway 550.

Fire crews are standing by outside a half mile perimeter for the moment, since the fire

News Alert: Smoke Likely Above Los Alamos Today

on July 12, 2016 - 10:35am

COUNTY News Alert:

Residents may see smoke from the San Juan County fires caused by an oil rig explosion drifting over Los Alamos by late afternoon.

According to weather service modeling of the smoke, local weather conditions and expected wind patterns, the smoke is likely to be observed above Los Alamos by approximately 3 p.m..

Hazmat officials are on scene in San Juan County and monitoring air quality. They reported that there are no toxic chemicals detected in the plumes.

Fire Hydrant Testing Underway On Central Avenue

on July 9, 2016 - 5:10pm

The Los Alamos Fire Department is testing hydrants on Central Avenue today. Photo by Carolo A. Clark/ladailypost.com

In today's heat, the water released for a couple of minutes during hydrant testing evaporated very quickly. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Man Finds A Miracle

on July 7, 2016 - 5:11pm

Tom McHenry with his wife Donna McHenry recently at Fuller Lodge – is walking again following a miraculous surgery. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

After an unbearable struggle for nearly a year with a wound that would not heal, Los Alamos resident Tom McHenry lost all hope and asked doctors to amputate his foot.

“I couldn’t take it anymore … I just wanted it to be over,” said McHenry, who moved to Los Alamos from Valparaiso, Ind., with his wife in 2012, just after the Las Conchas Fire.

He had been diagnosed a diabetic in 2010 when doctors

LAPD Squeaks Win Over LAFD At Baseball Game

on July 5, 2016 - 8:57pm
Los Alamos Police and Firefighters face off at Monday’s annual 4th of July Slow Pitch Tournament at Overlook Park in White Rock. While the police didn’t hose the firefighters, they did win the tournament by one run with a final score of 27 to 26. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
 
LAPD Ofc. David Boe pitching the ball. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
 
LAFD shows some real enthusiasm watching LAPD hit the ball. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
 
LAFD narrowly loses the game to LAPD. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
Members of the New Beginnings Fellowship of Los Alamos thank the first responders.

Firefighters Extinguish Kitchen Fire On Rose Street

on June 28, 2016 - 11:16am

Los Alamos fire and police vehicles line Rose Street Monday night in response to a kitchen fire that initiated in the oven of a local residence. Safety tip: never leave food unattended while cooking on the stove or baking something in the oven. Photo by Victoria Rygh

Lightning Starts Small Fire At Valles Caldera Preserve

on June 27, 2016 - 10:28pm

The Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – A new wildland fire is burning in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Big Hat fire, discovered after last week’s thunderstorms, is estimated to be approximately two acres in size.

It is located on Banco Bonito, east of the staging area in the southwestern portion of the preserve.

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