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'Art, Wind And Fire' Event At PEEC Tuesday

on July 25, 2015 - 8:37am
Artwork by Rumi Vesselinova shows the landscape after the Las Conchas Fire. Courtesy/PEEC
 

PEEC News:

PEEC offers the unique opportunity to explore fire through both art and science.

The Las Conchas Fire in 2011 burned more than 150,000 acres in the areas around Los Alamos. During the fire and over the next four years, photographer Rumi Vesselinova has sought to capture how this event altered the visual landscape of the region.

Join the artist as she presents these images 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 at the Nature Center.

Immediately after the artist reception, Terry Foxx will discuss

Take A Tour Of A Fire Lookout July And August

on July 21, 2015 - 9:51am
The site where Dead Man’s Peak Lookout Tower now stands has been used to spot fires since at least 1913. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a fire lookoutalone in the middle of the forest, watching for telltale wisps of smoke and alerting firefighters to potentially dangerous situations?  
 
The next-best thing might be to sign up for a guided tour of one of the four lookouts still in service on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).

As part of the Santa Fe National Forest’s Centennial year, the public has a rare opportunity to visit the lookouts and

PEEC Summer Family Evenings: Meet Wildland Firefighters July 22

on July 18, 2015 - 8:02am

Wildland firefighter at work. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What does it take to be a wildland fireighter? What equipment do they use? What can kids do to prevent wildfires from starting?

Individuals and families can find the answer to these and other fire-related questions at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Local wildland firefighters will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate how to use firefighting equipment and let families see their fire engine.

Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at PEEC, and now, with the Del Norte Credit Union’s

Red Canyon Fire Consumes 17,843 Acres

on July 8, 2015 - 12:32pm
USFS News:
 
MAGDALENA  The Red Canyon fire on the Magdalena Ranger District remains at 17,843 acres. 
 
The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 2 miles southeast of Grassy Lookout and 27 miles southwest of Magdalena. Resource Specialists are gathering information on heritage sites and range improvements in the current management area and fire crews are implementing fire protection preparations on those identified sites. 
 
In addition, one Wildland Fire Module is monitoring fire behavior and gathering data on fire effects.

Global Synthesis Of Large Wildland Fires Shows Ecological Benefit

on July 6, 2015 - 10:17am
Natural fire mosaic, southwest Oregon, 10 years post-fire. Courtesy/Geos Institute
 
SCIENCE News:
 
ASHLAND, Ore.  Twenty-five leading fire scientists from around the world released a new synthesis "The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature's Phoenix" published by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. 
 
For the first time extensive documentation from around the world reveals that forests and other plant communities need a variety of different types of fires, including severe ones, to rejuvenate over

Los Alamos Cops Win Tight Game Against Firefighters

on July 5, 2015 - 3:17pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes hands the traveling trophy over to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone following Saturday's annual 4th of July softball game at Overlook Park. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAFD Fire Chief Troy Hughes proves he still has what it takes. Photo by Kateri Morris

Family and friends show support during Saturday's annual July 4 LAPD vs LAFD softball game at Overlook Park. Photo by Kateri Morris

 

Staff Report

Members of the Los Alamos Polcie Drpartment and the Los Alamos Fire Department met for their annual 4th of July softball game Saturday morning at Overlook Park.

Chief Stone: How The Los Alamos County Ambulance Service Works

on July 3, 2015 - 10:48am
Los Alamos County ambulance fleet. Courtesy/LAFD
 
By BENJAMIN S. STONE, NRP
Division Chief  Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department
 
When someone calls 911 for a medical emergency, emergency medical technicians and paramedics respond to your call. Often, this results in an ambulance transport to the emergency room.

Such a transport raises many questions for the patient and the family. Who is in charge of determining whether the emergency trip to the hospital was necessary? Who pays for the ambulance, the crew, and the equipment during the trip to the hospital?

Heavy Fuels Continue Burning In Commissary Fire

on June 30, 2015 - 8:01am

FOREST SERVICE News:

The lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is 13 miles to the east of Pecos, and two miles south of Barillas Peak.

Despite heavy rainstorms Saturday and a bit more rain early Sunday morning, heavy fuels in the interior of the fire continued to burn with a minimal amount of smoke. Total precipitation over the last 24 hours was reported at about a half inch.

Crews will continue chipping along the western boundary of Forest Road 66 in anticipation of the next opportunity to allow the fire to grow to meet resource objectives.

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider Awarded Firefighter Commendation From American Legion

on June 29, 2015 - 12:22pm
On behalf of the American Legion, Department of New Mexico, Cmdr. Paul Espinoza honored Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider with a Certificate of Commendation Satuurday at the local Legion for his 18 years of service to the community and leadership. The award signifies honor and service, and is given to a firefighter who exemplifies these characteristics in a special way. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider with his Certificate of Commendation awarded to him by American Legion Cmdr. Paul Espinosa. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 

LAFD Fitted For Customized Hearing Protection

on June 29, 2015 - 11:42am
Dr. Kathleen A. Romero makes a mold  of Los Alamos Firefighter Raymond Barela's ears from which to create custom plugs. Romero spent Friday fitting local firefighters at the LAFD Administrative Offices on Central Avenue. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Firefighter Michael Garcia takes his turn to be fitted for custom ear plugs. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Fire Department Safety Division Chief Wendy Servey is fitted Friday for custom ear plugs. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report

Ear mold impressions were taken Friday of Los

Latest Commissary Fire Update

on June 29, 2015 - 10:11am
SFNF News:
 
Fire crews on the lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District successfully completed firing operations with hang ignitions on 200 acres as part of a strategy to manage the fire for resource objectives.
 
Resource objectives on the Commissary Fire include improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen and improving watershed and overall forest health. Firing operations will continue with a goal of accomplishing approximately 200 acres more, including firing along Forest Road 66G and the southeastern boundary of the planned area.
 
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Los Alamos Kinder Safety Town: 'Excellent Example Of Community Resources Partnering For Students'

on June 29, 2015 - 8:57am

Mountain Elementary School Principal Jennifer Guy enjoys the Kinder Safety Town Graduation Ceremony with Instructional Assistants Susie Bustos, Sara Cooper, and Alyssa Van Anne. Courtesy/LAPS

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Sgt. Jordan Redmond worked in conjunction with Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) to organize the first Los Alamos Kinder Safety Town program.

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone initiated the program based upon his attendance at a similar program when he was a five-year old student. Courtesy/LAPS

Students in the two-week

Firing Operations Completed On Commissary Fire

on June 25, 2015 - 10:01am
SFNF News:
 
Commissary Fire Update:
 
Start Date: June 5, 2015
 
Percent Contained: 0
 
Size: 500 acres
 
Growth Potential: Moderate
 
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, aspen, mixed conifer, grass and brush
 
Summary: Fire crews on the lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District successfully completed firing operations with hand ignitions on 150 acres yesterday as part of a strategy to manage the fire for resource objectives. 
 
Resource objectives on the Commissary Fire include improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen, and improving watershed and overall

LAFD And American Legion Help YMCA With New Flag

on June 23, 2015 - 6:34pm

The Family YMCA's flag line was cut and the flag was taken a few months ago. Firefighters at Los Alamos Fire Station 6 heard about the loss and came to the rescue and restrung the rope. The American Legion, upon learning of the missing flag, donated a new one to the Y. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA Facility Manager Jake Chapman hoists (thanks to LAFD) the new flag, donated by the American Legion. Courtesy/YMCA

Firing Operations Underway On Commissary Fire

on June 23, 2015 - 4:27pm
SFNF News:
 
Fire managers on the lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are taking advantage of favorable conditions over the next few days to continue to manage the fire for resource objectives.

Crews are conducting firing operations with hand ignitions on approximately 100 acres to solidify the western boundary of the 3,600-acre planned area. This tactic allows fire managers to determine how and where the fire moves across the landscape. 

Ventilation conditions are good, sending smoke higher into the atmosphere and reducing the amount of smoke close to the

EMNRD: Pecos Wildfire Update

on June 20, 2015 - 8:24am
EMNRD News:
 
Incident Name and Update: Commissary Fire Update

Start Date & Time: June 5, 2015, reported Saturday, June 6, 2015
 
Start Location: Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (Approximately 13 miles east of Pecos and 2 miles south of Barillas Peak)

Size: Approximately 170 acres

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, aspen, mixed conifer, grass and brush      

Growth Potential: Low
 
Percent Contained: 0
 
Personnel Assigned: 160

Summary: The Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District continues to burn naturally.
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Los Alamos Police Negotiation Team Talks Man Out Of Barricaded Apartment On Canyon Road

on June 19, 2015 - 11:14pm

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, left, speaks with bomb technician Sgt. Chris Ross after the negotiation team talks a distraught man out of his apartment where he had barricaded himself late this afternoon at Caballo Peak Apartments. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Officers wrap things up after a distraught man is talked out of his apartment and transported to LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, with officers leaving the scene late this afternoon at Caballo Peak Apartments.

Forest Service Continues To Fight Commissary Fire

on June 18, 2015 - 8:55am

USFS News:

The Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District continues to burn naturally.

Fire managers are monitoring and managing the fire as a tool to meet multiple resource objectives. The fire grew slowly overnight; the area received .22 of an inch of rain and is now approximately 170 acres. 

As Fire Managers continue to wait for conditions to align, area preparations continue. Five Type 1 Hotshot Crews have arrived. Crews will concentrate on building and strengthening the planned area boundary along Forest Road 83.

Several specialized pieces of equipment also have been

Firefighting Humanoid Robot Blasts Flames

on June 18, 2015 - 8:29am

Robot suppressing a wood crib fire in a testing laboratory. Courtesy photo

Robot reaching for a fire hose nozzle in a testing laboratory. Courtesy photo

HSNW News:

In fall 2014 in Mobile Bay, Ala., Virginia Tech engineering students made history during a five-minute demo that placed an adult-sized humanoid robot with a hose in front of a live fire aboard a U.S. Navy ship.

The robot located the fire and sprayed water from the hose. Water blasted the flames.

The demo, four years in the making, is part of a new effort by the U.S. Navy to better assist sailors in fighting fires, controlling

Drier Weather May Increase Commissary Fire Activity

on June 16, 2015 - 11:19am

SFNF News:

The Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District continues to burn naturally. Fire managers are monitoring and managing the fire as a tool to meet multiple resource objectives. 

The fire is now approximately 160 acres. 

Fire crews observed a much more active day Monday with burning close to the ground in the fallen needles and underbrush along the west side. Fire growth was short-lived due to higher humidity and increased cloud cover.

The fire has reached the drainage bottoms on both the east and west flanks.

Nearly $1.3 Million In Wildfire Prevention Funds OK'd For Valles Caldera And Santa Clara Pueblo

on June 13, 2015 - 8:55am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Funding from new program to help treat vulnerable forests, build resilience to prevent damage from future fires

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed news Friday that Valles Caldera National Preserve and Santa Clara Pueblo will receive funding under a new national program aimed at restoring the health and fire resilience of iconic landscapes.

Valles Caldera will receive $883,000 to improve the resilience of ecosystems to wildfires and other natural disturbances to better sustain healthy forests and watersheds for future generations.

LANL Partners With American Red Cross On Smoke Alarm Installations

on June 13, 2015 - 8:22am
Debbi Wersonick, center, of LANL's Community Programs Office speaks Friday with Clare Ryan of the American Red Cross and Dan Shields of Los Alamos' Weapons Physics Group, a volunteer installer. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory's Vecinos Volunteer Match program partnered with the American Red Cross to install smoke alarms in residences Friday.
 
Nearly a dozen Lab employees installed more than 30 smoke alarms in Tsikamu Park, a 55-and-over residential community that recently witnessed a fire that resulted in injuries to the residents.
 

Police Officer And Residents Honored For Bravery

on June 9, 2015 - 7:47pm

Los Alamos resident Olivero Acosta is honored for his bravery in helping police save a man from a burning home in May on Cheyenne Court. Council Chair Kristin Henderson, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Fire Chief Troy Hughes present the award during this evening's County Council meeting underway in Council Chambers. Screen Shot/LADP

 

Kevin Albright is honored for his bravery in helping police to rescue a man from a burning home. Shot/LADP

Fire Chief Troy Hughes presents a medal to local resident Kevin Albright for his bravery.

Update On West Fire In Jemez Ranger District

on June 9, 2015 - 11:21am

SFNF News:

The lightning-caused West Fire approximately 2.5 miles northwest of Jemez Springs was reported by the Cerro Pelado Fire Lookout Saturday and has grown to approximately 2 acres. 

The West Fire is a slow-moving ground fire burning through ponderosa pine and pine litter. Smoke may be visible from US Route 550 and the communities of Jemez Springs and Gilman. Depending on weather and other conditions, fire managers are considering managing the fire for resource benefit.  

Structures Threatened:  None

Start Date:  Saturday, June 6, reported at approximately 2:15 p.m.

Size:

Lightning Sparks Commissary Fire On SFNF

on June 8, 2015 - 1:02pm

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked the Commissary Fire over the weekend in San Miguel County, approximately 13 miles east of Pecos in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Start Date: June 5, 2015, reported Saturday, June 6, 2015
  • Size: Approximately 25 acres
  • Percent Contained: 0
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Personnel Assigned: 30
  • Growth Potential: Low
  • Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, grass and brush

Summary: The lightning-caused Commissary Fire was reported by the Barillas Lookout Tower June 6, and has grown to approximately 25 acres.

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