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Pile Burn Planned On Virgin Mesa Near Jemez

on March 2, 2015 - 1:04pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are continuing a prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District this week.

The Virgin Mesa prescribed burn may be conducted through March 31, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

The Virgin Mesa prescribed pile burn is 450 acres in an area one mile west of Jemez Springs and eight miles north of the communities of Gilman and Cañon. 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 On Santa Fe National Forest's Cuba Ranger District

on February 24, 2015 - 7:41am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District this week.

The La Jara prescribed pile burns, a remaining total of 56 acres, may continue through March 30, only if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 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 fire-dependent ecosystems.

Pile Burning Continues This Weekend

on February 20, 2015 - 8:04am

LAFD News:

Pile burning will continue this weekend on Los Alamos County lands. 

Smoke from the pile burns 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 N.M. 502 and N.M. 285. 

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Environment Department’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire

WIPP Receives New Emergency Response Vehicle

on February 19, 2015 - 10:40am

Engine 24 has been commissioned at WIPP. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

WIPP recently placed a new emergency response vehicle into service. The new fire engine “Engine 24” will enhance emergency response capabilities at the WIPP facility.

The new four-wheel drive vehicle was designed to respond to both structure and wild land fires. Capable of carrying 1,500 gallons of water on board, the engine has the ability to spray water or foam through a remote-controlled turret located on the front bumper while driving.

LAFD: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Issues Fire Extinguisher Recall

on February 18, 2015 - 10:12am

Kidde Disposable Fire Extinguisher with plastic valve. Courtesy/USCPSC

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department has announced that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for a variety of fire extinguisher models that fail to discharge as expected.

Kidde has received 11 reports of the recalled fire extinguishers failing to discharge as expected. No injuries have been reported.

The fire extinguishers are sold at Home Depot, Menards, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online from August 2013 through November 2014 for between $18

Deer Trap Canyon Pile Burn Saturday-Monday

on February 13, 2015 - 12:26pm

Santa Fe National Forest prescribed burn. Courtesy/USDA

SFNF News:

Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct a prescribed Saturday through Monday in Deer Trap Canyon.

The burn will occur if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

The Deer Trap Canyon prescribed pile burn will be conducted east 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 for restoring fire-dependent

Chief Stone: Precautions To Prevent Fall Injuries

on February 11, 2015 - 2:40pm
By BENJAMIN S. STONE
Division Chief, Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department

In January, LAFD treated 140 patients and 36 of them had injuries from a fall.

According to the CDC, this is a major problem seen across the country. In 2013 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in the emergency room, with a direct medical cost of approximately $30 billion.

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on February 10, 2015 - 2:35pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burns on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District this week. 

The burns are planned through March 31, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

The Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is 1,000 acres, 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems.

Pile Burning To Continue This Weekend

on February 4, 2015 - 11:02am

COUNTY News:

Pile burning will continue this weekend on Los Alamos County lands, but just where and when is dependent on the predicted ventilation.

The Los Alamos Fire Department is looking for an opportunity to burn the remainder of Bayo Canyon and Gonzales Canyon this weekend including 5-8 acres remaining in the bottom of the canyon and a few more piles remaining on the shelf. 

Sunday, LAFD intend to chunk piles and continue to burn what they light Saturday.

Heinrich Continues Work To Reduce Wildfire Risk

on February 4, 2015 - 8:13am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., cosponsored S. 326, the Stewardship End Result Contracting Improvement Act, to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

The bill would make it easier for federal land managers and businesses to partner on long-term, large-scale forest treatment.

"Stewardship contracting is one of the most versatile and powerful tools we have to achieve healthier and more fire resistant forests," Heinrich said. "And like many good tools, it needs to maintained and sharpened from time to time.

Researchers: Smoke From Fires Can Intensify Tornadoes

on February 3, 2015 - 6:16am
A tornado in Shoal Creek Valley in Alabama during a historic severe weather outbreak April 27, 2011. A new study finds that a severe weather outbreak in 2011 was caused mainly by environmental conditions leading to a large potential for tornado formation and conducive to supercells, and that smoke particles intensified these conditions. Photo by Wjalex4/Wikimedia Commons
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Can smoke from fires intensify tornadoes? “Yes,” say researchers, who examined the effects of smoke –- resulting from spring agricultural land-clearing fires in Central America --

Los Alamos Firefighters Shine The Fleet

on February 3, 2015 - 5:59am

Los Alamos Firefighters at White Rock Fire Station 3 shine up the fleet Monday, washing away the slush that warmer weather created after the recent snow storm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

SFNF: Prescribed Burns Planned Cuba Ranger District

on January 31, 2015 - 10:07am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

The La Jara prescribed pile burn, a total of 275 acres northeast of the community of La Jara, may continue through March 30. 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 fire-dependent ecosystems.

Pile Burning Continues Through Sunday

on January 24, 2015 - 12:01pm

Scene from Friday's pile burn at which about 75 piles were destroyed in the Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and Sycamore Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Friday's pile burn in the Pueblo Bowl. Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Friday's pile burn in the Pueblo Bowl. Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Pile burn operations on Los Alamos County land will continue today and Sunday, Jan. 25.

About 75 piles were burned Friday in the Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and

Pile Burns Continue This Weekend

on January 22, 2015 - 10:29am

A firefighter at work during last weekend's prescribed burn in Bayo Canyon. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department and Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue prescribed pile burns on Los Alamos County land Jan. 23-25.

Firefighters are looking for an opportunity to burn piles in two locations - the first is Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and Sycamore Street where crews piled dead and down wood during the summer and Bayo Canyon - designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.

Prescribed

Scenes From North Bayo Bench Trail

on January 19, 2015 - 5:45am

A view of the prescribed burn underway, taken Sunday from the North Bayo Bench Trail. The North Bayo Bench Trail is a historic road ending at a viewpoint overlooking the orange-walled Bayo Canyon. The prescribed burn is scheduled to end sometime today. Photo by Robert Beberniss

A view of the prescribed burn underway, taken Sunday from the North Bayo Bench Trail. To find the trailhead for North Bayo Bench , from 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos, head west (toward the Jemez Mountains) on Central.
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Pile Burning Underway On Los Alamos County Land

on January 18, 2015 - 11:05am

Los Alamos Firefighters conduct Saturday's prescribed pile burn in Bayo Canyon. Courtesy/LAFD

Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department and Santa Fe National Forest are conducting a prescribed pile burn this weekend through Monday on Los Alamos County land in Bayo Canyon.

The Bayo Canyon prescribed pile burn will consume more than 200 piles east of the Los Alamos town site. 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 fire-dependent ecosystems.

Smoky Sky Due To Prescribed Burn In Bayo Canyon

on January 17, 2015 - 2:20pm

Smoke billowing into the sky today looking northeast from downtown Los Alamos is coming from a prescribed burn in Bayo Canyon. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Smoke seen today looking northeast from downtown Los Alamos is coming from pile burn operations that began today in Bayo Canyon and its tributaries.

The prescribed burn is aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community. The Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest in areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Bayo Canyon Pile Burn Operations Begin Saturday

on January 15, 2015 - 1:42pm

COUNTY News:

Pile burn operations aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community will resume on County land this week.

The Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burning beginning Jan 17, in Bayo Canyon and its tributaries.

This year’s burn operations will focus on areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The locations have high volumes of fuel and are located directly southwest of housing areas. 

Burn units are located in the bottom of Bayo Canyon between the North Mesa

News Alert: Fire Closes U.S. 550

on January 15, 2015 - 1:29pm

DPS News:

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY - The Department of Public Safety just announced that U.S. 550 is closed in both direction due to two 500-gallon propane tanks, and one hot oil tank that is on fire.

Northbound traffic is stopped at the 101 mile marker and southbound traffic is being stopped at the 105 mile marker. The fire is too hot for fire crews to approach at this time. Multiple agencies are responding and assisting with this incident.  

Area residents are not allowed to enter the area until the fire is contained. 

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on January 11, 2015 - 7:33am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct the Cedar Springs and La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District next week. 

Scheduled for Monday, the Cedar Springs prescribed pile burn is 10 acres just north of the community of LLaves and west of the Dead Man Lookout. The La Jara prescribed pile burn, 275 acres northeast of the community of La Jara, is scheduled to begin Tuesday, and continue through March 30, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

2014: Los Alamos Fire Department Highlights

on January 2, 2015 - 11:37am

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a Promotion and Retirement Ceremony in June at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Divisional Chief Richard Garcia retired and was honored at the event for his more than 20 years of dedicated service. He received a special escort as he left the station. Courtesy/LAFD

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes expresses his appreciation to Divisional Chief Richard Garcia who retired after more than 20 years of dedicated service. Courtesy/LAFD 

LAFD Hosts Promotion and Retirement Ceremony

STAFF REPORT

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a Promotion and Retirement

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Broken Water Pipe Puts Damper On New Year's Eve Dinner, Forces Evacuation At Manhattan Project

on December 31, 2014 - 9:37pm

New Year’s Eve diners at the Manhattan Project Restaurant were informed by Victor Medina, right, at about 7 p.m. that they must vacate the building. A few minutes earlier, a fire alarm went off and firefighters arrived on the scene and discovered a broken water pipe near the sprinkler system in an empty office space at the rear of the building on Central Avenue. The water had to be shut off and once the building was evacuated, the electricity also was shut off because water had leaked near electrical breakers.

News Alert: False Alarm At Los Alamos High School

on December 19, 2014 - 9:57am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Principal Debbie Belew-Nyquist just announced that the high school was evacuated this morning due to a fire alarm.

It turned out to be a false alarm and Belew-Nyquist said all students and staff are safe and back in the building.

LAFD Schedules Prescribed Burn In Bayo Canyon

on December 18, 2014 - 1:40pm

Conducting a pre fire burn assessment, from left, Los Alamos Fire Capt. Dan Devall, Capt. James Pepe, Los Alamos resident Marv Alme and Driver Engineer Mike Lewis. Courtesy photo

LADF News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department has scheduled a prescribed burn Jan. 9-10 near Los Alamos in Bayo Canyon.

LAFD Willand Division Chief Ramon Garcia explained that prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring the ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.

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