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Prescribed Burn Set To Start In Gallinas Watershed

on September 27, 2017 - 9:17am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  A prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District may begin today. 
 
The decision to burn on Wednesday will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources. 
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las Vegas, by reducing the risk for high-intensity wildfire. 
 
The 800-acre Gallinas Watershed treatment area is located approximately 20 miles northwest of

SFNF: Why It Makes Sense To Manage Wildfires Now

on September 27, 2017 - 7:47am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are taking advantage of three unplanned lightning-caused wildfires to achieve significant benefits on the ground, including safer communities and healthier forests and watersheds. 
 
The Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District, Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District and Palmer Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are being managed for resource benefit, part of a national strategy to use low-intensity fire under optimal conditions to reduce the frequency, size and duration of future wildfires. 
 

LAFD Bike Team Demonstrates Safety To Girl Scouts

on September 26, 2017 - 9:46am

The Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team over the weekend discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety

Prescribed Fire Training Planned In October On Bureau Of Land Management And State Trust Lands

on September 26, 2017 - 7:01am
BLM News:
 
PENASCO  Taos BLM, the New Mexico State Land Office, The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Learning Network, and the Forest Stewards Guild are organizing a prescribed fire training exchange (TREX) to safely return fire to approximately 500 acres of ponderosa pine and piñon-juniper forests state trust and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of Peñasco.
 
This burn is training new firefighters who will be working alongside highly qualified and experienced firefighters. The TREX also offers advanced training opportunities in a learning environment.

Coyote Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burns

on September 25, 2017 - 11:27am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between Sept. 26 and Dec. 31, 2017.
 
Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Coyote District:
  • French Mesa treatment area, 5,041 acres located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina
  • Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) treatment area, 500 acres located 1 mile south of Gallina off of NM Highway

LA Firefighters Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ To Little Girl

on September 25, 2017 - 8:04am
Los Alamos firefighters were working out and playing a game of kickball Sunday at Urban Park when they heard a little girl across the park was celebrating her 7th birthday. They interrupted their game to go over and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her. She thanked them and shared her birthday cake with them. Photo by Marian Flandrick

Prescribed Fire Planned In Gallinas Canyon

on September 25, 2017 - 7:02am

SFNF News:

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct a prescribed burn in Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. The planned burn will include a combination of pile burning and broadcast burning.

The window for the Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn will open Sept. 28 and extend through Dec. 31, 2017. The decision to burn will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts, and available resources.

The 800-acre Gallinas Canyon treatment area is located approximately 20 miles west/southwest of Las Vegas.

Falls Leading Cause Of Death For NM Seniors

on September 23, 2017 - 6:04am

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department recognized National Falls Prevention Day, Sept. 22, by offering suggestions to people over 65 on how to prevent injury or death from falls, according to Donna McHenry of the Emergency Medical Services Division.

McHenry said of all the places where fall-related deaths occurred, the home had the highest rates of occurrence. She suggested that people over 65 assess their homes with the help of a family member or friend if needed and make the usually minor changes needed to reduce their risk of falling.

SFNF Crews Continue Work On West Side Fires

on September 23, 2017 - 6:01am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to manage the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District and the Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Ojitos Fire is at 2,850 acres within a planning area of 7,610 acres on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. Fire crews continue to use natural barriers like roads, rocky mesas and drainages to keep the fire within the planning area.

LAFD: Falls Leading Cause Of Death For NM Seniors

on September 22, 2017 - 6:27am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is recognizing Sept. 22, National Falls Prevention Day, by offering suggestions to people over 65 on how to prevent injury or death from falls, according to Donna McHenry of the Emergency Medical Services Division.

Adult falls are the leading cause of death and hospitalization for New Mexico residents over the age of 65. In fact, New Mexico has the ninth highest death rate from falls in the country and the alarming rate of adult falls is one of the state’s health priorities.

Palmer Fire On Pecos Ranger District To Be Managed For Resource Benefit

on September 21, 2017 - 7:11am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to manage the lightning-caused Palmer Fire on Rowe Mesa by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits, including reducing the risk of future high-severity wildfire and improving range and wildlife habitat.
 
The Palmer Fire was confirmed Sept. 12 after smoke was reported in the Valle Grande on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, an area marked by islands of grassy meadows interspersed among stands of ponderosa pine and piñon-juniper.

Scenes From LAFD Chief Garcia's Retirement Lunch

on September 20, 2017 - 9:55am

Friends and colleagues honored retiring Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia, here with his wife Kathleen, at a special luncheon Tuesday at Cottonwood on the Greens. Courtesy photo

Scene from Tuesday's retirement lunch for Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia. Courtesy photo

Scene from Tuesday's retirement lunch for LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia.Courtesy photo

Scene from Tuesday retirement lunch for LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia. Courtesy photo

Deer Creek Fire On Jemez Ranger District To Be Managed For Resource Benefit

on September 20, 2017 - 9:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to manage the lightning-caused Deer Creek Fire on Peggy Mesa by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Deer Creek Fire started Sept. 15 on Peggy Mesa in the old San Diego prescribed burn area and adjacent to the site of this summer’s lightning-caused Peggy Fire. Objectives for managing the Deer Creek Fire include:
  • mitigating the risk of high-intensity destructive wildfires by reducing excess fuels, including fuelwood slash and bug kill in the piñon/juniper and

Smoke Visible From Three Fires On SFNF

on September 18, 2017 - 8:53am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― Three lightning-caused fires on the Santa Fe National Forest put up visible smoke Saturday as crews keep an eye on the Beaver Creek, Deer Creek and Ojitos Fires.
 
The Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District started July 7 in a 90,000-acre block that has been cleared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for forest restoration. 
 
Fire crews have taken advantage of favorable conditions to add low-intensity fire to the ground on both sides of Forest Road 468 and on the west side of the fire perimeter to remove hazardous fuels and mitigate the risk

Fire Suppression Now Hot Topic For National Leaders

on September 16, 2017 - 8:15am
NWTF News:
 
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s continual efforts to advance sportsmen’s priorities, particularly his latest secretarial order, which begins the push to end catastrophic wildfires.
 
Zinke directed all Department of the Interior bureaus, superintendents and land managers at all levels to adopt more aggressive practices to prevent and combat the spread of those catastrophic wildfires.
 
Zinke’s order also spells out how he expects those orders to be carried out, as he wants to see fuel reductions and

LAFD Starts Annual Hydrant Testing Monday

on September 14, 2017 - 3:05pm

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County beginning Monday through mid-November.

The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year. These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

You will see LAFD firefighters and vehicles throughout the community flowing water

Two Cars Crash Near Los Alamos High School

on September 12, 2017 - 6:30pm

The drivers of two vehicles that crashed during this evening's commute at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Sandia were transported with minor injuries to Los Alamos Medical Center. Police at the scene indicated that the red car turned left from Sandia onto Diamond Drive and collided with the blue BMW. Los Alamos fire and police responded to the scene, which included handling traffic that was backed up for long distances in both directions. Photo by Josh Smith

Scene from this evening's collision at Diamond Drive and Sandia. Photo by Josh Smith

Scene from this evening's collision at

IAFF #3279 Raises Funds For NM Cancer Center

on September 12, 2017 - 3:56pm

Los Alamos Fire Department members, from left, Chief Ramon Garcia, Firefighter Dwight Williams and Capt. Joseph Baca model t-shirts being sold by International Association of Firefighters Local #3279 to raise funds for the New Mexico Cancer Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Marisha Griego shows off the design on the back of T-shirts being sold by the IAFF Local 3279 in support of the New Mexico Cancer Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

For the seventh consecutive year, the International Association

Udall, Heinrich Join Senators Urging Congress To Pass Wildfire Funding Fix In Any Future Disaster Aid

on September 12, 2017 - 9:41am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With large fires blazing across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of senators led by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), in a letter urging Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles E. Schumer to include a wildfire funding fix in any future disaster aid legislation that passes through Congress.    
 
The Senate passed a bipartisan funding bill to help with the cost of fighting the wildfires in western states as part

Wildfire Mitigation Project Public Meeting Sept. 20

on September 12, 2017 - 9:23am
FEMA News:
 
Los Alamos County Fire Department in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting public input on a proposed Wildfire Mitigation Project in Los Alamos County, New Mexico.
 
 
The County will host a public meeting Sept. 20, to provide details about the project and to solicit input from the public. The public meeting is 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Fire Department Administration Building in the Training Room, at 999 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.
 
The proposed Wildfire Mitigation Project would include vegetation thinning on

Scenes From Los Alamos Fire Department’s 9/11 Memorial Climb ... May We Never Forget

on September 10, 2017 - 6:55am

Firefighters from the Los Alamos Fire Department and members of the community gather Saturday at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area for the Fourth Annual 9/11 Memorial Climb. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A bolt from the World Trade Center was passed from person to person Saturday morning during the Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard's Fourth Annual 9/11 Memorial Climb at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard members from left, David Palmer, Cmdr. Rick Acedo and David Apodaca prior to Saturday's 9/11 Memorial Climb.

Longview Properties Red-Tagged As Unsafe

on September 7, 2017 - 11:21am

A wood beam over a walkway outside a Longview Drive property in White Rock shows obvious signs of deterioration and was red-tagged Tuesday for unsafe conditions. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Two of the buildings at the Longview complex in White Rock that were taped off and red-tagged Tuesday by Los Alamos County and Fire Department officials. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

Los Alamos County Chief Building Official Michael Arellano and Fire Marshall Jeffrey Wetteland red-tagged buildings Tuesday on

LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Garcia Retires

on September 7, 2017 - 10:32am

LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia is retiring Sept. 21 after 23 years of service. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

As Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia gets ready to retire Sept. 21, it’s clear that he will never stop pushing prevention and mitigation and thinking of how to keep the community safe.

It’s hard to believe that after 23 years, 20 of them firefighting with LAFD, Garcia will be able to have that quiet cup of coffee in the morning, bike to the gym and stop at

Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on September 7, 2017 - 10:21am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) announced plans to take advantage of favorable fall conditions to conduct prescribed burns on approximately 4,000 acres. 
 
If conditions are favorable, ignitions could begin as early as Sept. 21 on approximately 1,500 acres in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed east of Santa Fe, 2,300 acres in Mesitas 8 miles southwest of Abiquiu, and another 110 acres on Borrego Mesa 6 miles southeast of Truchas.

LAFD Honor Guard Gears Up For 9/11 Memorial Climb

on September 6, 2017 - 7:39pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard members during last year's September 11th Memorial Climb at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard is gearing up for the Fourth Annual Sepember 11th Memorial Climb scheduled  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill.

“Because we are a mountain town and not a big city, we don’t have a high-rise building.

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