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SFNF: Peggy Fire Update

on July 29, 2017 - 6:33am
SFNF News:
 
Fire crews continue to manage the lightning-caused Peggy Fire as it moves down slope where the vegetation has transitioned from ponderosa pine to thick stands of piñon and juniper. 
 
Thick fuels within the tight canopy of the active fire zone include a heavy load of slash and dead trees that have succumbed to insects and disease. Fire behavior was active throughout most of Wednesday, reflecting increased temperatures and lower humidities.  
 
The Peggy Fire is burning hot, consuming fuels that would be considered hazardous under uncontrolled conditions.

SFNF Issues Temporary Closure For Segment Of Continental Divide Trail Due To Ojitos Fire

on July 28, 2017 - 9:31am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE –  The Santa Fe National Forest has closed a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District to provide for public safety during operations on the Ojitos Fire in the Chama River Wilderness.

The temporary closure is in effect until Aug. 31, 2017, unless it is rescinded earlier.

The restricted area includes CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Skull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at N.M. 96, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298. Potentially hazardous conditions may exist on this trail section until the fire is controlled.

The

SFNF Manages Fire On Cuba Ranger District For Resource Benefits

on July 28, 2017 - 6:32am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  A lightning strike just north of Llaves Tuesday started the low-intensity Alameda Fire, giving fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) the opportunity to use a natural ignition to restore fire to the landscape and achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Alameda Fire is approximately 9 acres just north of Dead Man Lookout. Fire managers look at the fire’s location, conditions on the ground, and weather, including predicted monsoonal moisture, to assess risks and predict fire behavior.

Peggy Fire Update Jemez Ranger District

on July 27, 2017 - 7:09am
SFNF News:
 
Current Situation: Crews continued blacklining the perimeter of the Peggy Fire over the weekend. Fire activity was low to moderate throughout the day Saturday until about 5:30 p.m. when a storm cell brought much stronger winds out of the north, drastically increasing fire activity and pushing the fire to the south. The winds also helped create the very visible smoke column in the late afternoon. The blacklining that crews had worked on over the past several days held the fire in spite of the dramatic shift in wind direction and speed.

SFNF Update: Peggy Fire On Jemez Ranger District

on July 23, 2017 - 9:15am

SFNF News:

Here is the latest update on the Peggy Fire burning on the Peggy Mesa, approximately two miles northwest of the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest:

Start Date: July 18, 2017

Cause: Lightning struck a single standing dead tree. The fire subsequently spread into surrounding dead and down timber and brush.

Size: 147 acres

Location: Peggy Mesa, approximately 2 miles northwest of the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Vegetation: Piñon pines, juniper, ponderosa pine and oak scrub brush

Current

Liam Cunningham Is LAFD Firefighter For A Day

on July 22, 2017 - 8:20am

Barranca Mesa Elementary School student Liam Cunningham finds out how heavy Capt. Manny Pacheco's hat really is during his visit Friday morning to Los Alamos Fire Station 2 on DP Road. Cunningham is the lucky winner of the Firefighter For A Day prize in a silent auction at the school during the PTO's Bobcat Bonanza last April. The Los Alamos Fire Department is ready to help other schools with similar fundraising and community awareness programs. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Liam Cunningham poses for a photo with his fire crew after being a firefighter for the day Friday at Station

LAPD Dispatchers Are The Thin Gold Line

on July 20, 2017 - 11:11am

Consolidated Dispatch Center Shift Supervisor Wendy Strain goes through medical instructions Tuesday morning during a 911 call. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAPD Dispatcher Ruben Garcia sends emergency responders to the home of a 911 caller. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • “There’s the thin blue line for police officers and the thin red line for firefighters ... dispatchers are the thin gold line …” –CDC Supervisor Kate Stoddard

 

When visitors stand in front of the small dark window in the foyer of the Los

Cow Fire Ignites On Santa Fe National Forest

on July 19, 2017 - 5:48pm

SFNF News:

The Cow Fire has consumed under an acre since starting Tuesday when lightning hit a single standing dead tree. The tree subsequently fell, and fire started creeping slowly down the slopes.

Although it remains small, the Cow Fire is putting out a lot of smoke due to the concentration of dead and down fuels. A rocky area on the north side of the fire is holding it, and green drainages to the east and west of the fire should help keep it from growing. Fire crews are monitoring the Cow Fire.

  • Start Date: July 18, 2017
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: Less than 1 acre
  • Location: On the Pecos Ranger

Driver In Single-Vehicle Rollover Pleads Not Guilty

on July 19, 2017 - 6:10am

Staff Report

A 21-year-old Hernandez man involved in a July 9 single-vehicle rollover on Diamond Drive pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, speeding and open container Monday before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk.

Bobbyray Sisneros was arrested after Los Alamos Police and Fire Department personnel responded at 8 p.m. to the scene of the crash. Sisneros and his two passengers were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries.

Judge Kirk allowed Sisneros to remain free on conditions of release, which included reporting to the

A Grateful Citizen Says Thanks

on July 18, 2017 - 12:41pm
Courtesy photo
 
By A Grateful Citizen
Los Alamos
 
I would like to take a minute to thank all of the first responders, County line crew staff, and emergency operations for their actions and responses during Sunday night's power failure.
 
The arc flash in the western area was impressive. It lit the sky like daylight for blocks. All that arrived on scene were focused and very professional. They listened to the concerns for our neighbors and verified that the situation was safe.
 
For a one inch feed line to arc on a clear dark night, it was most impressive.

Letter To The Editor: No Fan Of Fireworks

on July 18, 2017 - 8:29am
By PHILMONT M. TAYLOR
White Rock

I believe I was endowed by my Creator with a brain with which to think, perceive, discern and, yes, to judge. If you live in northern New Mexico and are engaged in the sale, procurement or use of fireworks you are a bloody damn fool.

Furthermore, if you hold an elected office anywhere in northern New Mexico and support the sale, procurement or use of fireworks in your jurisdiction, you are demonstrably unfit for service.

SFNF Declares Cajete Fire Controlled

on July 18, 2017 - 5:51am

SFNF News:

The Cajete Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District was declared controlled at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, July 16, thanks to recent moisture that arrived with the monsoon season.

The 1,412-acre Cajete Fire, which started June 15 from an abandoned campfire, has been 96 percent contained since June 21.

Incident command determined that the uncontained 4 percent of the fire perimeter was not safe for firefighters to enter.

LAFD Ends Stage 1 Fire Restrictions At Noon Today

on July 14, 2017 - 10:23am

COUNTY News:

Fortunately, recent precipitation and milder temperatures have produced a decrease in the fire danger for Los Alamos County. The Los Alamos County Fire Department (LAFD) will lift Stage 1 restrictions today at noon.

The previous fire restrictions were based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal temperatures. Several criteria are utilized to determine when to impose or lift fire restrictions, which include current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.

Annual Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive Aug. 3-4

on July 11, 2017 - 2:38pm
Urgent Need: Blood supplies coast-to-coast are dangerously low due to a severe dip in donations leading up to and following the July 4 holiday, prompting a coordinated nationwide call for donors of blood of all types. Forecasting projects a shortfall of 5,700 donations in July and greater shortfalls throughout the summer. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

“Find the hero in you” ... Los Alamos residents have the chance to do just that by joining in the 2nd Annual Battle of the Badges community blood drive noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug.

Update: Driver In Single Vehicle Rollover Accident Arrested For Suspicion Of DWI

on July 10, 2017 - 2:05pm

Los Alamos Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a single-vehicle rollover at 8 p.m. Sunday at Diamond Drive and Ridgeway. The driver, Bobbyray Sisneros, 21 of Hernandez, was cited for speeding and open container and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Sisneros and his two passengers were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries. Photo by Josh Smith

A Dodge pick-up truck was involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash Sunday night at Diamond and Ridgeway. Photo by Josh Smith

A pick-up truck involved in Sunday

Veterans Honored By 33-Mile July 4th Flag Carry

on July 6, 2017 - 6:35pm

Stephen Betts and his son Miroslav Betts run the last stretch of the Independence Day Flag Carry from Santa Fe National Ceremony to White Rock. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

The flag flies before the somber background of gravestones at 3 a.m. Tuesday at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Photo by Maire O'Neill

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

When a small group of people gathered at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe on the July 4 at 3 a.m. it was in fact the beginning of a huge patriotic endeavor to honor veterans of the United States military.

More Scenes From LAPD VS LAFD Softball Game

on July 6, 2017 - 7:20am

Los Alamos Police Department team supporters including fans of Uncle Det. Matt Lyon at Tuesday's annual 4th of July softball game against the Los Alamos Fire Department. This year the LAFD won the game. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone keeps score at Tuesday's softball game. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Cpl. David Boe pitches at Tuesday's softball game. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Fire Department softball players at Tuesday's game against the Los Alamos Police Department. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Report Of Person Stuck In Elevator Proves False

on July 5, 2017 - 12:51pm

Los Alamos Police and Firefighters respond to a report this morning of a person stuck in an elevator at the former Hilltop House Hotel at Trinity Drive and Central Avenue. A search did not turn up anyone in either of the two elevators in the building, however, there are signs that someone broke through the chain link fence surrounding the hotel and made their way inside. Police received a report last week from a passerby spotting a person on one of the upper floors. LAFD has left the scene and LAPD remains to continue their investigation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAFD Knocks Down Two Fires In White Rock

on July 5, 2017 - 12:42pm

This wildfire in White Rock Canyon started overnight by embers from July 4th fireworks at Overlook Park. LAFD said it is not clear wheter the fire works were from the show or random fireworks from individuals in the area. Los Alamos Firefighters doused the blaze overnight, which consumed 5 acres, and are finishing mop up activities this afternoon. LAFD also snuffed out a 4,000-square-foot fire overnight near the White Rock Eco Station and responded to two vehicles accidents. Photo by Peggy Reneau
Firefighters come off shift far down the Blue Dot Trail fighting and mopping up a wildfire in

Scenes From LAPD VS. LAFD July 4 Softball Game

on July 5, 2017 - 9:00am

Softball players from Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos Fire Department after Tuesday's game which LAFD won. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, left, and Los Alamos Fire Department Chief Troy Hughes following the annual Independence Day softball game between the two departments. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts is off and running at Tuesday's softball game between local police and firefighters. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Chief Troy Hughes up to bat at Tuesday's

The Great 35th Street Bear Rescue!

on July 2, 2017 - 7:36am

This mama bear is spotted Saturday morning in a tree near a 35th Street home with chicken feathers hanging from her mouth. The homeowners were awakened at 2:15 a.m. to the sound of her demolishing their chicken coop. Courtesy photo

Bear cubs watch the action below. Courtesy photo

A tranquilized mama bear lies on a canvas prior to being placed in a cage on wheels for transportation with her cubs. Courtesy photo

The mama bear sleeps off the tranquilizer in the transport trailer. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Firefighters from the Los Alamos Fire Department Station 1 arrive to help

Celebrate Fourth Of July On Santa Fe National Forest But 'Know Before You Go'

on June 30, 2017 - 7:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is ready to welcome the large number of visitors who traditionally celebrate Independence Day weekend in the great outdoors. 
 
But if you decide to take advantage of the recreational opportunities on the SFNF, it’s always good to “Know Before You Go” (https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go).
 
The SFNF remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions. Campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds and picnic areas with established fire rings and grills.

BLM Taos Field Office Announces Emergency Fire Prevention Closure Of San Pedro Mountains

on June 30, 2017 - 7:46am

BLM News: 

 

Taos – Due to increased risk of human-caused fire and current fire danger, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office is temporarily closing public lands into or upon the San Pedro Mountains in Santa Fe County.

 

 Closure warnings have been posted at the entrances to the San Pedro Mountains. This order will remain in effect until July 29 or until the area receives significant moisture.

 

A map and copy of the fire prevention order are available at www.blm.gov/new-mexico.

 

Exemptions to this order: Any Federal, State, local and/or military employee acting

SFNF Reminder: No Off-Road Vehicles Allowed In Designated Wilderness

on June 27, 2017 - 12:27pm

All-terrain vehicle. Courtesy/articcat.com

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Call them what you will – four-wheelers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or utility vehicles (UTVs) – but remember that off-road vehicles of any kind are always prohibited within congressionally designated wilderness areas.

This past weekend, ATV tracks were observed within the San Pedro Parks Wilderness on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).   San Pedro Parks is one of the original wilderness areas created by the Wilderness Act of 1964, which set aside “primeval” federal land to be managed as “an

Governor Orders Flags At Half-Staff In Honor And Mourning Of Nara Visa Firefighter John Cammack

on June 26, 2017 - 9:22pm
Nara Visa Firefighter John Cammack succumbed to his injuries after trying to escape a wildfire. Courtesy/Nara Visa Fire Department
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in honor and mourning of Nara Visa firefighter John Cammack.
 
Cammack, 76, died from wounds inflicted while fighting the Griffith Fire, which threatened his community.
 
The full text of the executive order is below:
 
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-013
FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF

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