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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.

NMSF: Lightning And Fire

on June 24, 2016 - 10:22pm

NMSF News:

SILVER CITY – Thunderstorms across much of the Gila National Forest produced significant lightning with just isolated areas receiving appreciable rainfall. Firefighters were kept busy responding to 22 new fire starts.

Fire is a natural part of the ecosystem and each new start represents an opportunity to restore or maintain natural conditions, removing hazardous fuels and reducing the potential of future catastrophic wildfires. 

While all fires are actively managed not all are immediately suppressed.

Training Reveals Marijuana Wax Lab Dangers

on June 24, 2016 - 5:19pm
Props for marijuana wax lab training Monday at the LAFD training center on DP Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Police and firefighters participated in training this week to better understand the processes and dangers associated with marijuana wax labs, following last month’s apartment explosion on Canyon Road.
 
Marijuana waxing is a relatively new and highly dangerous trend moving across the country.

Public Input Sought For Community Wildfire Protection Plan

on June 23, 2016 - 8:52pm
Dan McCarn
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
As some of you know, I was asked by Wildlands Fire Chief Ramon Garcia to be part of the Core Team in the update of the Los Alamos County Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
 
The Forest Stewards Guild through Matt Piccarello has put together an online questionnaire for Los Alamos County, and I would appreciate your help in distributing this throughout the Los Alamos community.
 
Please Distribute This Questionnaire To Your Neighbors & Friends In Los Alamos
 
Los Alamos County is in the process of updating the 2009 Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Leadership Los Alamos Profile: Troy Hughes

on June 23, 2016 - 9:17am

Leadership Los Alamos 2015-16 graduate and Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes. Photo by Marth Katko

LLA News:

Enrollment is open through June 25 for the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017 and everyone is welcome to apply.

Between now and then, the Los Alamos Daily Post is publishing a series of Q&A profiles on recent LLA graduates who talk about their experience in the program.

Leadership Los Alamos is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of

Filming At Pajarito Mountain Producing Smoke - No Fire

on June 21, 2016 - 8:08am

COUNTY News:

Do not be alarmed if smoke appears to be coming directly from Pajarito Mountain this week. It is a special effect for a scene simulating a wildland fire for “Granite Mountain,” a motion picture based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.

“Granite Mountain” will be on location at Pajarito Mountain through Wednesday, June 29.

The smoke produced for all fire scenes is a natural, water-based compound that produces a vapor that looks like real

Battleship Fire 100 Percent Contained!

on June 20, 2016 - 8:06pm

SFNF News:

Location:

  • Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • South of Battleship Rock off of N.M. 4 and in proximity to the Hummingbird Music Camp, the YMCA Camp Shaver, Jemez Falls and multiple recreation sites

Start Date: Reported June 19, 2016

Size: Approximately 3 acres                                                     

Percent Contained: 100 percent

Cause: Human                                                                             

Growth Potential: Low

Vegetation: Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir                 

Summary:

Los Alamos Residents Donate To Dog Head Fire Effort

on June 19, 2016 - 9:09pm

Jaret McDonald, Jen McDonald and Tonya Mullins with a truckload of water and other items collected today for the firefighters battling the Dog Head Fire. Los Alamos has proved once again to be an amazing community. With very little notice, Famine to Feast was able to collect an overflowing truckload of bottled water for the firefighters supporting the Dog Head Fire. We are humbled by the support from the community,Jaret McDonald said. Your donations give this NPO purpose and prove that neighbors can help neighbors, even if we are not from the same town.

Governor Directs National Guard To Take Extra Measures To Secure Evacuated Communities, Prepare For Flooding

on June 19, 2016 - 7:50am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

TIJERAS – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Saturday that she has directed the New Mexico National Guard to take extra measures to secure evacuated communities and prepare for flooding.

In response, the National Guard will deploy additional guardsmen to patrol communities that have been evacuated to stop any threats of looting. The guardsmen also will begin assisting with the placement of sandbags and other flood controls in affected areas to help stop potential flood damage.

“As our coordinated response to the Dog Head Fire moves forward around the clock,

Bottled Water Donations Sought For Firefighters

on June 18, 2016 - 3:27pm

COMMUNITY News:

This Sunday, June 19, Famine to Feast, a 501 c 3 organization, is assisting the Red Cross in obtaining bottled water to support the firefighting efforts on the Dog Head Fire.

The community is asked to donate bottled water Sunday toward this effort. Use the app or web page at www.faminetofeastnow.org to contribute. Any monetary donations received this Father's Day will be donated to the Red Cross in support of the firefighting efforts.

Leadership Los Alamos Profile: Heather Garcia

on June 12, 2016 - 8:01am

2015-16 Leadership Los Alamos program graduate Heather Garcia. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA News:

Enrollment is open through June 25 for the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017 and everyone is welcome to apply.

Between now and then, the Los Alamos Daily Post is publishing a series of Q&A profiles on recent LLA graduates who talk about their experience in the program.

Leadership Los Alamos is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges

LAPS Welcome Letter For Kindergarten Safety Town

on June 10, 2016 - 2:42pm
By Dr. Kurt A. Steinhaus
LAPS Superintendent

Welcome to the Los Alamos Public Schools!

With a warm handshake and a smile, I extend greetings from the wonderful people who are LAPS. We are happy that your child will participate in this summer’s Kindergarten Safety Town. All of the planned activities are a combined effort with Los Alamos County employees and the Los Alamos Police Department. Keeping your child safe at school is our top priority.

At LAPS, we offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum for each of our kindergarten students that honors individual needs, student and staff

Prescribed Burn Planned At Pajarito Ski Area June 15

on June 9, 2016 - 12:49pm
LAFD News:
 
The Los Alamos Fire Department will be burning three acres at the Pajarito Ski Area if weather permits at around 9 a.m., June 15.
 
The area is a meadow. A fire line will be constructed around that area. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. 
 
Smoke from the prescribed burn 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 Highways 502 and 285. 
 
Smoke-sensitive individuals and

Growing Trend Of Abandoned Campfires Alarms Officials

on June 8, 2016 - 10:11am

Fifty campfires have been left unattended or abandodned since Memorial day weekend on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

Fire managers are alarmed by the growing trend of campfires abandoned on the Santa Fe National Forest.

Fifty campfires have been left either unattended or abandoned on the Santa Fe National Forest from Memorial Day weekend to present.

There also have been three human caused fires due to abandoned campfires.

Save A Life & Restart A Heart – Learn CPR For FREE

on June 7, 2016 - 2:50pm

LAFD News:

Every person in Los Alamos will have the chance to learn how to be a hero by attending the New Mexico Heart Institute’s 6th annual Project Heart Start event Saturday June 25.

The free event will teach Los Alamos families a “new” form of CPR called Compression‐Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (COCPR).

Sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 400,000 people in the U.S. every year, and nearly 9,000 of these cases happen in children under the age of 18. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if those close by had been aware of and taken a few simple, lifesaving steps.

If an adult

2016 Safety Town Program Begins June 13

on June 6, 2016 - 1:39pm

Ofc. Adele Girmendonk teaches a youngster bicycle safety habits during last year's Safety Town program. Courtesy/LAC

Students learn fire safety habits during last year's Safety Town program. Courtesy/LAC
 

COUNTY News:

  • For Children Entering Kindergarten This Fall

Safety Town begins at Mountain Elementary School at 9 a.m. Monday, June 13.

This free safety program is open to all children entering Kindergarten in the Fall or who will be five years of age by Sept. 1, 2016.

The program runs 9 a.m.

Unattended Campfires Pose Unnecessary Risks

on June 4, 2016 - 8:07am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  A rash of unattended and abandoned campfires on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest over the long Memorial Day weekend could have caused a major headache for fire crews already overseeing a human-caused fire on Rowe Mesa.
 
Fortunately, none of the 25 identified campfires sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. But as the New Mexico fire season gets underway, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.
 
Visitors to national forests are asked to follow 

LAFD Hydrant Testing Runs Through October

on June 2, 2016 - 5:05pm

Fire hydrant flowing. Courtesy photo

LAFD News:

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

The community will see LAFD firefighters and vehicles

North Fire Temporary Closure Order Issued

on June 1, 2016 - 1:06pm
SFNF News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  To ensure both public and firefighter safety, a temporary Closure Order has been issued in the vicinity of the North Fire.
 
All National Forest System lands, roads and trails within the area are closed to public use. 
 
The closed areas include:
  • Trail 92, Trail 91, Trail 36, Trail 37, Trail 37A, Trail 38; and
  • Forest Road (FR) 330, FR 378, FR 138, FR 138A, FR 56, FR 52.
The following are exempt from this closure order:
  • Fire fighters assigned to the North Fire;
  • Local, State, and Federal law enforcement officers in the performance of an official duty;
  • Members of

Barbero Fire On Santa Fe National Forest

on June 1, 2016 - 10:15am
SFNF News:
 
Location:
  • Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • On Rowe Mesa about 12 miles southeast of Pecos
 
Start Date: Reported May 26, 2016
Size: Approximately 146 acres at 8 a.m.
Percent Contained: 50%
Growth Potential: Minimal
Cause: Human, under investigation
Vegetation: Pinon-juniper, ponderosa pine, heavy slash from thinning            
Summary: The fire appears to be human caused and started during the night. Crews will continue to burn out unburned pockets and expect to have the fire 100% contained today.

WIPP Update: Firefighters Complete Training

on May 27, 2016 - 7:35am
WIPP News:
 
Members of the WIPP fire department recently participated in Live Fire Training at the Permian Basin Regional Training Center south of Carlsbad.
 
Live Fire Training is a critical part of the training and certification process for WIPP firefighters and the facilities at the regional training center allowed the 29 participants to respond and fight fires in a realistic, but controlled environment. 
 
The training required participants to solve unique problems associated with fires in different types of structures and rescue scenarios.

Jewell Announces $10 Million For Projects To Increase Wildfire Resilience Across America

on May 27, 2016 - 6:48am
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
 
DOI News:
 
BOISE, ID  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced $10 million in funding to help increase the resiliency of critical landscapes across the country to better mitigate the impacts of wildfire and climate change.
 
The Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program is a new approach to achieve fire resiliency and help restore public lands nationwide through multi-year investments in designated landscapes.
 
Launched last year, the program incorporates goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest Coyote Ranger District

on May 20, 2016 - 10:31am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of conditions next week to conduct a prescribed burn on the Coyote Ranger District. The 5,041-acre French Mesa treatment area is located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina.  

Hand ignitions may begin as early as Monday, May 23, but that window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts. Once ignitions have started, crews hope to treat up to 150 acres per day

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

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Chief Ben Stone Earns Degree; Receives Harvard Fellowship

on May 19, 2016 - 9:36am

LAFD EMS Chief Ben Stone travels to Cambridge in June to participate in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University. The caledar on the wall, put out by Air Medical, features Stone on one of the pages. Courtesy photo

 

By NANCY COOMBS
UNM-Los Alamos

For the past decade, Los Alamos Division Fire Chief-EMS Ben Stone has educated UNM students in the EMS program all the while he was finishing his own formal education and climbing a career ladder.

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