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Los Alamos Firefighters Contain White Rock Brush Fire And Preserve Surrounding Homes

on November 20, 2014 - 10:48am

Los Alamos County Firefighters knocked down a brush fire that erupted this morning in the back yard of a home at 49 Grand Canyon. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider was at the scene and said 30-foot flames could be seen over the roofline of the home. The fire consumed a shed on the property and scorched a 600-800 square-foot area, burning trees and the fence between the home and a neighboring home at 47 Grand Canyon. Grider commended his firefighters saying they did a fantastic job of containing the blaze before it could spread to neighboring homes, which were just 30-40 feet away.

Breaking News: Brush Fire Underway In White Rock

on November 20, 2014 - 9:22am

Emergecy vehicles line Grand Canyon as Los Alamos Firefighters work to get a brush fire under control that is burning behind a home on Grand Canyon in White Rock. LAFD Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Grand Canyon is closed and asks motorists to avoid the area while firefighters work to put the fire out. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe National Forest Plans Prescribed Pile Burn

on November 19, 2014 - 3:27pm

FOREST SERVICE News:

SANTA FE— Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed pile burn in the Santa Fe Watershed on the Espanola Ranger District. The Santa Fe Watershed pile burn may be conducted from Dec. 1 through the month of February on favorable days as conditions allow. 

Approximately 100 acres of piles may be treated in the Santa Fe Watershed area, which is located approximately two miles east of Santa Fe. Small blocks of piles may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available

La Jara Prescribed Burn Planned In Santa Fe National Forest

on November 14, 2014 - 5:44am

USFS News: 

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct an additional prescribed pile burn on the Cuba Ranger District. In addition to the previously announced Cedar Springs and Chaparral prescribed burns, the La Jara prescribed burn may be conducted through next March, only on favorable days as conditions allow. 

The La Jara prescribed pile burn is a total of 275 acres in the area northeast of the community of La Jara. 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 For Santa Fe National Forest

on November 13, 2014 - 5:02am

U.S. Forest Service News:

SANTA FE– Fire managers at the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District.

The Cedar Springs and Chaparral prescribed pile burns may be conducted from Nov.13 through March 30 only on favorable days as conditions allow. 

The Cedar Springs prescribed pile burn is a total of 160 acres in the area north of the community of LLaves and Dead Man’s Peak Lookout. The Chaparral prescribed pile burn is a total of 120 acres north of the community of Gilman and south of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp near Cuba.

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Sustained Winds Postpone Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn

on November 11, 2014 - 1:14pm

VCNP News:

Today’s prescribed burn scheduled for the Valle Grande on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has been postponed.

Sustained winds prevented the late morning scheduled ignition and are not expected to dissipate in time to complete the project today. Therefore, the prescribed burn is postponed and will be rescheduled for a date later in the season when conditions permit.

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SFNF Plans Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn

on November 11, 2014 - 9:17am

USFS News:

SANTA FE—Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.

The Gallinas Watershed burn may be conducted from Nov. 12, through the month of December only on favorable days as conditions allow. 

A total of 1,000 acres may be treated in the Gallinas Canyon area approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas. 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

Valles Caldera Conducts Prescribed Burn Today

on November 11, 2014 - 7:12am
Courtesy photo
 
VCNP News:

The Valles Caldera Trust will conduct a prescribed burn of up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande meadow of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Ignition will begin after 10 a.m. after frost evaporates and humidity decreases in the Valle Grande meadow, adjacent to N.M. 4 near mile marker 39.2 in the Jemez Mountains. Some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn but road closures are not expected.
 
This treatment is used to improve the resiliency and sustainability of wildland ecosystems by maintaining and enhancing them

Valles Caldera Trust Plans Prescribed Burn

on November 8, 2014 - 7:25am
The Valles Caldera in summer. Courtesy/VCT

VCT News:

The Valles Caldera Trust is planning a prescribed burn project on the Valles Caldera National Preserve that will begin as early as next Wednesday, Nov. 12 and last for one to three days.

The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande, adjacent to NM Highway 4 near mile marker 39.2. Some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn but road closures are not expected.

If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during midday in order minimize impacts to morning and afternoon commuter

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Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Becomes A Cop

on October 31, 2014 - 2:54pm

Looking like the meanest, badest cop in town, Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider dressed up as one of the community's finest for the County's annual Halloween party today at Fuller Lodge. Grider may have just realized his lifelong dream ... or not. Photo by Katy Korkos

Los Alamos Firefighters Union Endorses Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard For Reelection

on October 23, 2014 - 12:21pm

Los Alamos Firefighters Union with Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy photo

POLITICAL News:

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard received the endorsement of Los Alamos Fighters Union IAFF Local #3279 in her run for re-election to the New Mexico State House, Dist. 43 in the Nov. 4 General Election.

“We proudly stand in support of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard,” said Bert Quintana, president of the Los Alamos Firefighters Union. “Stephanie’s commitment to public safety has been unwavering and she has proven to be a strong champion for area firefighters.”

“I am proud to have this critical

Prescribed Burn 17 Miles Southwest Of Los Alamos

on October 22, 2014 - 9:27am

Prescribed pile burn. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue a prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District.

The Los Griegos prescribed pile burn may be conducted Oct. 23 through Oct. 31 only on favorable days as conditions allow.  A total of 300 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the Sierra Los Pinos community, 17 miles southwest 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

Los Alamos Fire Department Ready For Ebola

on October 21, 2014 - 9:41am

LAFD News:

How have the County’s first responders prepared for a possible Ebola epidemic?

The Los Alamos County Fire Department has been working diligently to unify efforts across Northern New Mexico to prepare for any possible Ebola cases. The Emergency Medical Services Division and the Safety division for the department has sent out the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) interim guidance for first responders and dispatchers to follow in the case of a possible outbreak.

The Fire department has also been in close contact with Los Alamos Emergency Management, Santa Fe County and City Fire

AAUW Sponsors Talk On Preparing For Next Wildfire

on October 21, 2014 - 7:50am

LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia. Courtesy/AAUW

AAUW News:

The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will sponsor a talk by Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia titled “How is Los Alamos Preparing for Its Next Wildfire?” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Mesa Public Library, Community Rooms 2 and 3. The talk is free and open to the public.

Garcia will present the existing wildfire management plans for protecting Los Alamos County and surrounding areas. Using maps, he will summarize work already done and projected future plans.

Nature On Tap Focuses On Prescribed Burning And Wildfire Training Thursday

on October 21, 2014 - 7:34am

Participants in the Spanish-language international Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) were in the Jemez Mountains recently for two weeks learning about and implementing controlled burns. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

No one wants to see another mega fire like Las Conchas tear through New Mexico, and prescribed burning, when done safely and properly, can go a long way toward preventing such fires.

But in order to be safer in fighting wildfires, firefighters need to receive certain qualifications, and there is a growing concern that there will not be enough qualified firefighters within 10

Reported Gas Leak At LAHS Was False Alarm

on October 17, 2014 - 9:12am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Fire Department reports no gas leak found at Los Alamos High School this morning.

Buildings have been turned back over to LAPS and students have returned to class after being evacuated as a precaution.

The report of the odor of gas was called in at about 8 a.m. to the Department of Public Utilities. DPU crews and LAFD investigated and determined that it was a false alarm.

 

Motorcycle Driver Transported To LAMC In Stable Condition Following Accident On N.M. 502

on October 13, 2014 - 7:12pm

Motorcycle Accident:

A man driving a motorcycle westbound on N.M. 502 at approximately 2:30 p.m. today, crashed into a guard rail and landed on the other side of it in the dirt.

Los Alamos Fire Department EMT's treated the man, reported to be about 20 years old, at the scene and transported him in stable condition to Los Alamos Medical Center.

"He was wearing protective gear and that is so important," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said.

The accident occurred about half a mile from the Totavo Gas Station. Los Alamos Police Sgt.

Breaking News: Los Alamos Middle School Gas Leak Contained - Students Are Safe

on October 8, 2014 - 12:34pm

BREAKING News:

A gas leak at Los Alamos Middle School today has been contained and all students and staff are safe.

Los Alamos County Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the students were sheltered in place after the leak was discovered and LAFD and Department of Public Utilities crews are at the scene.

The cause of the leak is not yet know. Check ladailypost.com later for more on this story.

 

Los Alamos Firefighters Train On Electric Cars

on October 7, 2014 - 2:01pm

Los Alamos Firefighters are training this week at the LAFD facility on DP Road. Today, they are learning about the particulars of electric cars in the event they respond to a crash involving one. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

 

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Fall Prescribed Burn Planned On 818 Acres Of Valles Caldera National Preserve

on October 6, 2014 - 5:09pm

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust is planning to implement a prescribed burn project that may begin as early as Tuesday, Oct. 14 and last for two to four days.

If conditions are not right next week, the burn may occur later in the season. The prescribed burn will be on 818 acres of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area. Smoke will linger a few days after the burn.

Los Alamos Fire Department Creates New Wildland Division; Promotes Firefighters

on September 25, 2014 - 4:18pm

LAFD's Ramon Garcia was promoted Sept. 12 from captain to division chief of the newly formed wildland division. During an interview in his office at Fire Administration Headquarters, Garcia discussed the advantages of the new gas powered chain saws that will be used by his team for mitigation efforts as well as fighting fires. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

J. Wayne Sanchez was promoted Sept. 12 from driver engineer to captain. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Two firefighters at the Los Alamos Fire Department were promoted Sept.

Community Meeting to Discuss Paliza Prescribed Fire

on September 22, 2014 - 10:19pm

FOREST SERVICE News:

Conditions may be favorable later this week for fire managers to begin the Paliza prescribed fire near the community of Ponderosa on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District. 

This activity could begin anytime Thursday or Sunday. Two days of ignition are expected and a total of 6,500 acres will be treated.   

Our highest priority is firefighter and public safety. Other objectives of the Paliza prescribed fire are to reduce hazardous fuels in the Ponderosa watershed, enhance community protection, restore forest health, and minimize smoke impacts. 

A community

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

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