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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

Prescribed Fires Planned For Jemez Ranger District

on September 10, 2014 - 11:52am

USFS News:

SANTA FE — Prescribed fires will be conducted throughout Santa Fe National Forest Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 as conditions are favorable.

These fires are designed to reduce excess fuels, provide community protection, and improve forest health. The start dates and duration of these burns will be dependent on weather, wind, and fuel moisture conditions.

In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Santa Fe National Forest will host the International Fire Training Program again this year.

Body Found in Hotel Room in White Rock Today

on September 6, 2014 - 1:36pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters responded about noon today to the scene of a dead man in his room at the Hampton Inn & Suites on N.M. 4 in White Rock. According to officials, relatives discovered the body of the Springfield, VA man and called 911. The cause of death is unknown and the case is being turned over to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A Los Alamos police officer retrieves paperwork from his patrol car before returning inside the hotel to wait for someone from the Office of the Medical Investigator to arrive.

Bandelier Rangers, Los Alamos Fire Department Assist Lost Hikers

on September 5, 2014 - 8:43am
Present trail conditions in Frijoles Canyon, results of the flooding following the Las Conchas Fire in 2011. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Two Bandelier rangers spent a long night earlier this week searching for six Albuquerque-area hikers, three adults and three children ages 4-7, lost in the park.
 
Tuesday at about 3 a.m. they found the group, exhausted, dehydrated and hungry but otherwise healthy, near Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon.

Pino Fire Appears To Have Met Resource Objectives

on September 4, 2014 - 10:18pm

The Pino Fire is burning five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. Screenshot/ladp

SFNF News:

SANTA FE - The lightning caused Pino Fire is now estimated at 4,313 acres. The fire is burning on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

This fire has been highly visible for the past few days as it has been managed to improve forest health. Through a combination of hand and aerial ignitions, low-intensity fires have been used to reduce excess fuels.

SFNF: Managed Pino Fire Proceeds According To Plan

on September 3, 2014 - 7:43pm
Firefighters use hand and aerial ignitions to direct the Pino wildfire to control features, removing hazardous fuels and minimizing the threat of future high intensity wildfires. Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski/jemezdailypost.com
 
Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski/jemezdailypost.com

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers were very pleased with the activity on the Pino Fire Tuesday. Firefighters used hand and aerial ignitions to direct the wildfire to control features, removing hazardous fuels and minimizing the threat of future high intensity wildfires.

The lightning caused Pino wildfire is now

Scenes of Pino Fire Smoke From Santa Fe

on September 3, 2014 - 6:11am

Smoke from the Pino Fire was visible Tuesday evening from a home on the north side of Santa Fe. The Pino Fire was started by lightning within the planned Paliza prescribed fire area. The Pino Fire is burning on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. It is now 164 acres in size. Photo by Jim Gautier

Smoke from the Pino Fire as seen Tuesday evening from the north side of Santa Fe. Photo by Jim Gautier

Large Smoke Column From Pino Fire Visible in Los Alamos and White Rock

on September 2, 2014 - 9:40pm

Smoke from the Pino Fire near Jemez Springs was visible throughout the county today and this large column of smoke was spotted around 7 p.m. looking west past the Visitors Center from N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

SFNF News:

Conditions were very favorable today for fire managers to ignite areas around the Pino Fire to achieve desired resource objectives. 

The Pino Fire was started by lightning within the planned Paliza prescribed fire area.

Pino Fire Aerial And Hand Ignitions Begin

on September 2, 2014 - 7:27am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE - The lightning caused Pino Fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is now estimated at 152 acres. The fire is five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

This fire is being managed for resource benefits. Sunday's fire behavior was the most active seen on this fire, and is accomplishing resource objectives, including fuel reduction, nutrient recycling, forest insect and disease regulation, and watershed protection for Ponderosa and other communities. Smoke production is likely to increase, and will be visible over a much wider area.

Additional Resources Arriving For Pino Fire

on August 31, 2014 - 10:04am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Today and Monday, more firefighters and equipment will be arriving in Jemez Springs to strengthen the Type 3 Incident Management organization on the Pino Wildfire.

The lightning caused fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is now estimated at 141 acres. The fire is five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. The wildfire is being managed for resource benefit.

Saturday, firefighters observed low intensity fire activity. Smoke from this fire is still not significant, but will steadily increase over the holiday weekend.

Pino Fire Management Activity Increases

on August 30, 2014 - 10:43am

SFNF News:

Firefighting operations on the Pino Fire are gradually intensifying to take advantage of predicted favorable weather. It is expected that conditions on Tuesday, Sept. 2 will be optimal for aerial and hand ignitions to direct fire to holding and control features. Management of the wildfire is under the direction of a Type 3 Incident Management organization.

The lightning caused fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is now estimated at 132 acres. The fire is located five miles south of State Highway 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

Pino Fire Not Expected to Impact Facilities Over Labor Day Weekend

on August 28, 2014 - 6:54am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The lightning caused Pino Fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is now estimated at 120 acres. The fire is located five miles south of State Highway 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

The heavy rain that was expected yesterday produced a little over one tenth of an inch of rain on the fire. Robust drying is forecast to begin Friday and carry through next week. This drying trend will result in lower humidities and better opportunities for fire growth. An increase in smoke is expected. 

Minimal fire activity was observed yesterday.

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