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SFNF Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Across Entire Forest Friday

on June 22, 2017 - 5:40am

Help prevent forest fires … make sure campfires are completely out and cold to the touch before leaving.’ –Smokey Bear

SFNF News:

  • Violations Punishable Up To $5,000 For Individuals; $10,000 For Organizations; Imprisonment Up To Six Months

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will implement Stage 1 fire restrictions across the entire forest at 8 a.m. Friday, June 23.

Fire danger on the forest remains high due to continued high temperatures and dry conditions.

The Jemez Ranger District, where the Cajete Fire sparked last week from an abandoned campfire near Sierra de los Pinos,

Smoke Flows Over Los Alamos From Fire Burning On Santa Clara Pueblo This Evening

on June 21, 2017 - 9:09pm
Smoke from the Santa Clara Pueblo fire as seen from Guaje Canyon earlier this evening. The Los Alamos Daily Post is in contact with fire officials as well as people at Santa Clara Pueblo so look for updates as they become available. Photo by Josh Smith
 
A plane dropping slurry on the Santa Clara Pueblo fire earlier this evening as seen from Guaje Canyon. Residents of the Pueblo report seeing the plane from their homes as well as Tribal officials traveling back and forth from the fire area. Photo by Josh Smith
 
The driver of this pickup controls traffic at approximately 7:50 p.m.

Public Addressing: Can Emergency Responders Find You In An Emergency?

on June 21, 2017 - 4:37pm

COUNTY News:

It’s a serious matter facing communities across the country - and Los Alamos is no different: numerous homes and businesses are poorly marked or not marked at all with their street address, making it a real challenge for emergency services to answer a call for assistance.

The Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments are working together to provide the community with education that can help remedy the situation this summer, while the weather is nice and property owners are making outdoor improvements.

Think your home is already marked adequately? Try this simple test:

Stand at

Cajete Fire Update: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions In Effect ... Burned Area Closed

on June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

A burning log Monday night in the Cajete Fire lights up unburned mixed conifer in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline working the Cajete Fire today anticipate minimal fire activity. The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak.

The standing dead trees in this area, left by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire, can fall suddenly. For this reason, firefighters are avoiding particularly hazardous areas.

AGU: Wildfires Pollute Much More Than Previously Thought

on June 21, 2017 - 7:33am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Summer wildfires boost air pollution considerably more than previously believed.
 
Naturally burning timber and brush launch what are called fine particles into the air at a rate three times as high as levels noted in emissions inventories at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. The microscopic specks that form aerosols are a hazard to human health, particularly to the lungs and heart.
 
“Burning biomass produces lots of pollution.

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Cajete Fire Burn Area

on June 20, 2017 - 3:30pm

Closure burn area map. Courtesy/nmfireinfonews.com

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued a closure order for the approximately 1,400 acres on the Jemez Ranger District burned by the Cajete Fire.

The restricted area includes: all lands, roads and trails within the fire perimeter (depicted on the closure map), Trail #137 between the last bridge coming from the Las Conchas Trailhead (before the trail ascends) and the East Fork Trailhead, and segments of Forest Road (FR) 270 south of the fire and FR 4G, 4GA and 4GB on the northwestern point of the burned area.

Heinrich Provides Online Resources To Help New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season

on June 20, 2017 - 3:07pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With wildfire season underway, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is helping New Mexicans prepare and stay safe with the Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center that provides information on how to protect communities from the devastating effects of wildfires.
 
The online resource center includes active wildfire information, prevention and safety tips, resources for businesses, and more.
 
Heinrich also released a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) to help spread the word about how to stay safe

Cajete Fire Morning Update: 416 Personnel ... 1,412 Acres Burned, 87 Percent Contained

on June 20, 2017 - 10:07am
A burning log Monday night in the Cajete Fire lights up unburned mixed conifer in the Jemez. Scattered small ground fires are still burning, and there are aircraft supporting final containment efforts. © 2017 David A. Ponton/wildearthlight.com
 
Small ground fires light up the lower level of unburned ponderosa pine forest in the Cajete Fire under Monday's starry night sky in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline fighting the Cajete Fire in the Jemez today anticipate minimal fire activity.

The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a

Final Evening Update On Cajete Fire: Size: 1,412 Acres ... Containment: 85 Percent

on June 19, 2017 - 10:00pm

SFNF News:

Note: This is the last evening update. Future updates will be sent out once a day.

Today crews on the fireline observed minimal fire activity. Heavy dead and down timber continues to burn in the interior of fire. The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak. The standing dead trees in this area, left by the 2011 Las Conchas fire, can fall suddenly, making this area too dangerous for firefighters to enter.

Cajete Fire Update: Containment Holding At 80 Percent

on June 19, 2017 - 10:54am

Scene from the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

Scene from the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline Sunday night observed minimal fire activity. Heavy dead and down timber continues to burn in the interior of fire. 

Scene from the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak. 

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County Update On Cajete Fire Evacuated Animals

on June 19, 2017 - 10:10am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County just issued an update on evacuation efforts for animals displaced by the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez.

Several dogs have already been reunited with their owners and housing continues for a variety of other animals.

Owners are asked to stop by the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter and pick up their animals if they are able to return home at this point, or, to call the Animal Shelter 505-662.8179 and give the staff an anticipated pick up time.

Famine To Feast Volunteers Aid Cajete Fire Effort

on June 19, 2017 - 7:54am

Fire Chief Lee Taylor shakes hands with Famine to Feast co-founder Jaret McDonald and thanks all the volunteers for their efforts to collect supplies for the firefighters working the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Anyone interested in helping with the effort should call Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222. Courtesy photo

Famine to Feast volunteers deliver supply for the firefighters working the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Anyone interested in helping with the effort should call the Los Alamos Police Dispatch Center at 505.662.8222. Courtesy photo

Famine to Feast News:

Daily Postcard: White Rock Honors Fire Cadets

on June 19, 2017 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: The rock in White Rock pays tribute Sunday to the Los Alamos Fire Department's 27th academy graduating class of cadets. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Cajete Fire Evening Update: 424 Personnel ... 1,400 Acres Burned ... 80 Percent Contained

on June 19, 2017 - 1:08am

Cajete Fire smoke plume Friday in the Jemez. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

SFNF News:

The El Cajete Fire has burned 1,400 acres since igniting Thursday morning in the Jemez. There are now 424 personnel battling the blaze, which this evening is 80 percent contained.

Location:

  • The Cajete Fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Letter To The Editor: Huge KUDOS To Firefighters

on June 18, 2017 - 11:10pm
By DIMAS M. CHAVEZ
Former resident of Los Alamos

Once AGAIN, huge KUDOS to the firefighters involved with the Cajete Fire in the Jemez for its containment, and all their hard work in preserving as much as possible of the lovely area of the Jemez.

 

More Campfires Left Abandoned In Forest ... Meanwhile Cajete Fire Bill In Four Days Reaches $1.4 Million

on June 18, 2017 - 10:58pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As more than 300 people continued to battle the 1,400-acre Cajete Fire that sparked last Thursday from an abandoned campfire, the already-overloaded fire team on the Santa Fe National Forest was forced to respond to more abandoned campfires today.

As of 2 p.m., at least three had been reported to the dispatch center.

With record high temperatures, no moisture and possible lightning strikes in the forecast, Northern New Mexico is a tinderbox.

Cajete Fire Morning Update: 1,367 Acres Burned, 65 Percent Contained ... N.M. 4 Reopens At Noon Today

on June 18, 2017 - 11:55am

Image from a Goes-16 satellite shows smoke Saturday from large fires active in New Mexico and Arizona. The El Cajete Fire in the Jemez has burned 1,367 acres since igniting Thursday and is now 65 percent contained. Courtesy/Wildfire Today NASA

SFNF News:

The El Cajete Fire has now burned 1,367 acres since it erupted Thursday morning in the Jemez. Today fire crews are patrolling and monitoring the established containment line along the northern perimeter of the fire, while additional crews construct and improve the line on the southern perimeter.

A team of firefighters will repel today

Abandoned Campfire Sparked El Cajete Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 10:14pm

An abandoned campfire sparked the El Cajete Fire Thursday in the Jemez. Photo by Jason Wardlow Herrera 

SFNF News:

Fire investigators have determined that it was an abandoned campfire that sparked the El Cajete Fire, which has consumed more than 1,300 acres since erupting Thursday in the Jemez.

The El Cajete Fire started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios. The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River and is to the west of the burn scars from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire and the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire.

State Secures Federal Funds To Fight El Cajete Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 4:15pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico has secured federal funding to help fight the Cajete Fire.

New Mexico’s request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funds through the grant will help cover costs of emergency protective measures and firefighting activities.

“Our coordinated response, through state agencies and our local partners, is working hand in hand with the Forest Service to fight the fire and protect the lives and property of New Mexicans,” Martinez said.

Update: 300 Personnel Working On El Cajete Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 3:19pm

El Cajete Fire boundary map. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

The latest news on the El Cajete Fire is that more than 300 personnel are working on it. Also, there will be a community meeting on the El Cajete Fire at 6 p.m. today at the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church, 6 Riverview Court, La Cueva.

The fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Cajete Fire started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios.

The fire area runs along the East Fork of

Hotshots Practice Near Bandelier

on June 17, 2017 - 2:56pm
Hotshots getting in some practice Friday evening near Bandelier. Photo by Greg Belyeu

El Cajete Fire From N.M. 285 Friday Night

on June 17, 2017 - 11:26am

View of the El Cajete Fire last night from N.M. 285. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

LAPS Stands Ready To Assist El Cajete Fire Evacuees

on June 17, 2017 - 11:19am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) stands ready to assist residents being evacuated from their homes due to El Cajete Fire near Jemez Springs.

With more than 200 people displaced, LAPS expresses empathy and understanding of this difficult situation. The Los Alamos Middle School is availble to provide relief for evacuees who may need a place for respite, showers and bathrooms.

All support activities will be coordinated with Los Alamos County, New Mexico Emergency Operations and the Red Cross.

Direct questions to the School District Office at 505.663.2222.

Morning Update: El Cajete Fire Grows To 1,315 Acres

on June 17, 2017 - 9:39am

Smoke rises in the sky from the Cajete Fire, which has burned more than 1,000 acres since igniting Thursday morning in the Jemez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

EMNRD-FORESTRY News:

This morning's update just came in on the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez west of Los Alamos:

  • Start Date and Time: June 15 at 10:45 a.m.
  • Start Location: North of Jemez Springs, El Cajete Mine , MM 33 in the Sierra de los Pinos area
  • Cause of Fire: Unknown
  • Area Vegetation: Grass and ponderosa pine
  • Acres Burned: 1,315
  • Ownership: US Forest Service
  • Structures Threatened: Yes
  • Structures Burned: 0

Evacuations:

Jemez Ranger District Implements Stage 1 Restrictions

on June 17, 2017 - 9:38am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As crews continue to battle the Cajete Fire along N.M. 4 in the Jemez Mountains, the Santa Fe National Forest has now implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions on the southwestern side of the forest.

The Stage 1 restrictions cover the entire Jemez Ranger District and the southwestern corner of the Cuba Ranger District south of the Ranchos del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp.

The decision to impose restrictions was initially based on a rash of abandoned and unattended campfires combined with hot, dry conditions and the number of visitors expected over Father’s Day weekend.

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