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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.

Prescribed Burn Planned On Española Ranger District

on May 14, 2016 - 7:59am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of current conditions to conduct the previously announced Mesitas prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District this week. 
 
The 1,700-acre treatment area is located approximately six miles southwest of Abiquiu, 15 miles north of Los Alamos and 15 miles northwest of Española. Once ignitions have started, they are expected to last two to five days.
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Marijuana Wax Lab Explodes Inside Local Apartment

on May 12, 2016 - 11:16am
The bathroom where the explosion occurred Monday in unit 11 at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
The living room in unit 11 following Monday's explosion at the Caballo Peak Apartments. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A marijuana wax lab operation led to Monday’s massive explosion inside unit 11 at the Caballo Peak Apartments at 3100 Canyon Road.
 
Joseph Gonzales, 26, lived in the unit with his 7-year-old son, who was uninjured in the blast.

IHM Opens Doors To Apartment Evacuees

on May 11, 2016 - 3:23pm

Los Alamos County Emergency Manager Bev Simpson, right, speaks with Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Claire Ryan Monday afternoon at the temporary shelter set up inside Karen McLaughlin Parish Hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. The Catholic Church on Canyon Road opened its doors to residents forced to evacuate following an early morning explosion at Caballo Peak Apartments. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Red Cross arrives at Karen McLaughlin Parish Hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Monday to assist evacuees from the Caballo Peak Apartments. Photo by Carol A.

Police Arrest Local Man In Apartment Explosion Case

on May 10, 2016 - 12:52pm

Juan Gonzales

LAPD News:

The explosion at Caballo Peak Apartments is currently a joint investigation involving Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the ATF.

During the course of the investigation, Juan Gonzales, 28, a resident of Los Alamos, was arrested and charged with two counts of resisting/evading or obstructing an officer and one count of bribery/intimidation/retaliation of a witness.

Gonzales was taken before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados and then released on his own recognizance.  

Another man was taken to the burn center in

Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle Grande

on May 10, 2016 - 12:32pm
NPS News:
 
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn project on the preserve that will begin as soon as Wednesday, May 11 and be completed within two to three days. 
 
The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande, adjacent to N.M. 4 between mile markers 39-42. Traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn, but we do not anticipate any road closures. If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during mid-day in order minimize impacts to morning and afternoon commuter traffic on NM Hwy. 4. 
 
The preserve

Evacuation Lifted For Residents At Caballo Peak Apartments Following Overnight Explosion

on May 9, 2016 - 5:30pm

Residents of Caballo Peak Apartments at 3100 Canyon Road were allowed to return home at 4:30 p.m. today after an explosion early this morning caused some of the buildings in the complex to be evacuated. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The force of this morning's explosion inside this apartment blew out two windows and the front door and sent shattered glass flying some 200 feet across Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Debris is strewn across the parking lot in front of Apartment 11 following this morning's explosion at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road.

Update On Investigation Of Today's Explosion At Caballo Peak Apartments On Canyon Road

on May 9, 2016 - 12:07pm

Los Alamos police, firefighters, the state fire marshal and AFT are investigating the early morning explosion at Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos County Bomb Truck is on scene at Caballo Peak Apartments where an early morning explosion injured one man and caused the evacuation of the building. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com

LAPD News:

At this time, the Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos Fire Department are continuing to work at the scene of the explosion that occurred early this morning at Caballo Peak

Explosion Rocks Caballo Peak Apartments

on May 9, 2016 - 10:31am

An early morning explosion blew out the window of this unit at the Caballo Peak Apartments today at 3301 Canyon Road. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com

The State Fire Marshal is on scene at the site of an explosion inside this unit early this morning at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. AFT is expected to arrive within the hour. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
An early morning explosion inside a unit at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road injured one man and forced the evacuation of the entire building.

“The

LAFD Unveils Fire Prevention Education Trailer

on May 6, 2016 - 8:18am

LAFD's Fire Prevention Education Truck and Trailer get new looks. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD's Fire Prevention Education Truck and Trailer get new looks. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Fire Department (LAFD) is proud to unveil the new look of the Fire Prevention Education Trailer. The 24-foot trailer is an educational tool used throughout Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico to educate children on the importance of fire safety and steps that can be taken in case of an emergency.

The LAFD will have the trailer on display for the community to see Saturday May 7 at the Los Alamos Health &

An Open Book: Sixteen Years Later

on May 5, 2016 - 12:30pm
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

The old adage that time heals all wounds is a cruel falsehood. For the most painful wounds, those of the heart and of the mind, they often remain beneath the surface, to be covered, if we are fortunate, by warmer experiences that add distance and perspective. And it is also part of life that sometimes it is even more painful experiences that later clarify for us that those wounds that seemed so piercing at the time, were not the ones that hurt the most.

I didn't feel like writing about the Cerro Grande Fire at any of its anniversaries until this evening.

Los Alamos Firefighters Share Family Business

on May 5, 2016 - 10:34am

From left, Los Alamos firefighters and brothers Ryan and Aaron McNiff, retired firefighter Gary Hampton and the McNiff's brother-in-law and firefighter Manny Pacheco, stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post recently to talk about their new business. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos firefighters and brothers Ryan and Aaron McNiff and their brother-in-law and fellow firefighter Manny Pacheco just purchased a stump grinding business from retired firefighter Gary Hampton.

Hampton backed out of selling his beloved business to others

What Is A Fireshed And Other Questions: Get Answers At 'Fire Fair' May 12

on May 3, 2016 - 8:59am
Courtesy/forestguild.org
 
GSFC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition (GSFC) will host a Fire Fair open house 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center to introduce the concept of a fireshed and what it means to residents of the Santa Fe area.
 
The GSFFC is a coalition of local, state and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations and others who are working together to proactively restore fire-adapted forests, safeguard the Santa Fe Watershed and reduce fire risk in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), the area where

County Bids Farewell To Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider

on May 1, 2016 - 12:00pm

At Friday's official farewell event in Council Chambers, Los Alamos County Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider who retired last month, receives a custom hand-made ax from Firefighter and Honor Guard Commander William Nackers. From left, Battalion Chief Steve Dewald, Battalion Chief Joseph Candaleria, Firefighter Honor Guard Commander William Nackers, Retired Deputy Chief Justin Grider, Acting Deputy Chief Paul Grano and Battalion Chief Wendy Servey. Photo by Cori Grider

Retired Los Alamos County Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, center, with Fire Chief Troy Hughes and his wife Jodi Highes.

Prescribed Burn Planned In Española Ranger District

on April 15, 2016 - 7:38am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of warmer weather in May 2016 to conduct the Mesitas prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District. 
 
The 1,800-acre treatment area is located approximately six miles southwest of Abiquiu, 15 miles north of Los Alamos and 15 miles northwest of Española.
 
Ignitions are planned to begin May 1, but that window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts. Once ignitions have started, they are expected to last up to seven days.
 
Prescribed fires are

Fire Chief Troy Hughes Withdraws From Nebraska Interviews, Announces He's Staying In Los Alamos

on April 11, 2016 - 11:36pm

LAFD Fire Chief Troy Hughes

COUNTY News:

LAFD Fire Chief Troy Hughes announced today that he has chosen to withdraw from the Lincoln, Neb., Fire Chief selection process and remain in Los Alamos. 

Hughes said he had applied for a job opening in Lincoln earlier this month with the goal of being closer to his family, who primarily reside in Nebraska. He said the decision to pursue the job in Nebraska or stay in Los Alamos had been very difficult.

“I spent many restless nights pondering the decision to stay with LAFD or go back to Nebraska,” he said, emphasizing that the importance of

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone Named Harvard EMS Fellow

on April 8, 2016 - 11:46am

LAFD EMS Division Chief Ben Stone

COUNTY News:

The International Association of Emergency Medical Services Chiefs (IAEMSC) has selected Los Alamos County Fire Department Division Chief Ben Stone as the 2016 INTERMEDIX/IAEMSC Harvard Fellowship recipient. 

Chief Stone was selected from a highly competitive candidate pool of qualified EMS chiefs to participate in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

LAFD Conducts ‘Last Call’ For Howard Richerson

on April 7, 2016 - 1:57pm
Los Alamos Fire Department personnel honor one of their own Friday with a special ‘Last Call’ event. Photo by Randi Moore
 
 
The procession travels through Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
 
COMMUNITY News:
 

THANK YOU LOS ALAMOS FIRE DEPARTMENT!

The Richerson family would like to thank the entire Los Alamos Fire Department for the amazing job they did in honoring our husband/father/uncle/grandfather during his services last Friday.

Howard spent 32 years with the LAFD and with only a few phone calls, they went above and beyond anything we expected to honor him!

Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle Grande This Spring

on April 6, 2016 - 4:17pm

VCNP News:

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is looking for an opportunity to implement a prescribed burn project this spring.

The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande, adjacent to N.M. 4 between mile markers 39-42. Some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn, but we do not anticipate any road closures. If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during mid-day in order minimize impacts to morning and afternoon commuter traffic on N.M. 4. The burn operations should take one to three days to complete. 

The parameters

Scene From Woodland Fire Training Saturday

on April 3, 2016 - 7:58am

Canyon Rim Trail closed Saturday during Woodland Fire Training. Photo by Greg Kendall

Canyon Rim Trail Closing For Fuels Reduction Work

on March 30, 2016 - 12:06pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department will be closing a portion of the Canyon Rim Trail near Fire Station #6 in order for crews to complete fuels reduction (tree thinning) activities on the following three weekends, weather permitting:

  • April 2, 3;
  • April 16, 17; and
  • April 30 and May 1.

Activities will extend approximately ¼ mile along the west end of the trail. LAFD is coordinating signage and trail closure with Open Space & Trails Specialist Eric Peterson. The trail will remain open on the east end (at the trailhead, across from Entrada Business Park.)

Trail users are asked to use

LAFD’s Troy Hughes A Finalist For Lincoln Fire Chief

on March 28, 2016 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos County Troy Hughes
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Mayor Chris Beutler of Lincoln, Nebraska has announced four finalists for the position of Lincoln Fire Chief including Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes.

Hughes told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that he will have an extremely difficult decision to make should he be offered the job.

“The reason I applied for the position is its close proximity to family - my son, two grandchildren and both sets of parents are living in the area,” Hughes said.

Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed Underway

on March 25, 2016 - 8:27am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Favorable conditions today allowed fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest to proceed with the planned prescribed burn in the lower portion of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.  
 
The 200-acre broadcast burn adjacent to the Nichols Reservoir will be done with hand and aerial ignitions. Smoke from the prescribed pile burn will be monitored to ensure that New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. 
 
Lingering smoke may be present for up to one week after ignitions are complete.

Fire In Pojoaque Bosque Triggers School Shelter In Place Alarm

on March 22, 2016 - 6:36pm
Multiple fire trucks and dozens of emergency responders are on site at the fire in the Pojoaque bosque. Courtesy/Valley Daily Post
 
Police and firefighters from around the region patrolling back roads looking for spot fires. This shot on CR 103 shows Santa Fe County and Los Alamos Fire Department personnel working together to contain the spreading fire. Courtesy/Valley Daily

 

Valley Daily Post Staff Report:

At approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, a fire broke out in the bosque along the Pojoaque River in Pojoaque.

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