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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

Los Alamos County Under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

on June 26, 2017 - 3:50pm

LAFD News:

By order of the Los Alamos Fire Department and effective immediately, Los Alamos County is under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.

These restrictions are slightly less restrictive than Stage 2, which went into effect last week due to extreme fire danger. Weekend rainfall has helped ease the wildfire threat; however, LAFD will continue to monitor fire weather conditions and adjust as needed. Restrictions may increase or decrease, depending upon weather conditions developing over the next week.

Under Stage 1, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building,

Wardlow Herrera Wins Charity Boxing Bout By TKO

on June 25, 2017 - 5:45pm

Ceiling lights form a halo over Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera as he makes Los Alamos proud Saturday night fighting in Rumble 911, a charity event to raise money for Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte. He won his heavyweight bout against Freddy Martinez of the Santa Fe Fire Department in three rounds by Technical Knockout. Photo by JoAnna O'Neill

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera and his son Jordan, center, greet supporters prior to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Fe/Del Norte 911 Rumble Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino.

Los Alamos Public Safety Association Raises Funds For Educational Scholarships

on June 24, 2017 - 4:58pm

From left, Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Det. Daniel Roberts chat with local archery instructor Mike O'Neill Friday evening at the Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo By Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Ty Morris, 9, and Sierra Morris, 6, with the bike being raffled by LAPSA to raise funds for scholarships. Photo By Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos Public Safety Association (LAPSA) is conducting a raffle for six prizes including a Coleman Trail200 gas-powered mini-bike and helmet.

Tickets are $10 each and are available for purchase at the Friday

Final Cajete Fire Update

on June 24, 2017 - 12:25pm

Aftermath of the Cajete Fire in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

This will be the final update issued on the Cajete Fire winding down in the Jemez.

Under the leadership of Type 3 Incident Commander Matt Armantrout, firefighters today are mopping-up hot spots, gridding for residual heat and addressing fire suppression repair needs, including removing hazardous trees along N.M. 4.

Crews and overhead personnel are being demobilized and re-assigned to other incidents.

Cajete Fire Investigation Targets Abandoned Campfire Violator And Unauthorized Drone Operator

on June 22, 2017 - 4:53pm
Trees ravaged in the Cajete Fire caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com
 
Cajete Fire devastation caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEIL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When some 40 residents of Jemez Mountain communities attended their final meeting with Cajete Fire officials Tuesday night in La Cueva, they expressed relief and gratitude for the containment of the fire without loss of human life, animals or damage to homes.

County's Revised Stage II Fire Restrictions

on June 22, 2017 - 4:52pm

COUNTY News:

By order of the Los Alamos Fire Department effective immediately, Los Alamos County is under Stage II Fire Restrictions per the County Fire Prevention Code, Title 22. The Kiwanis Fireworks Show for the 4th of July is still scheduled.

The following acts are prohibited under Stage II Restrictions until further notice:

  • Building or maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, or stove fire on public or private land. Propane grills can be used.
  • Smoking.  Smoking is allowed in vehicles, homes, and on paved/cleared surfaces only.
  • Using fireworks, explosives or other

Sawyer Fire On Santa Clara Pueblo Reaches 20 Acres

on June 22, 2017 - 9:52am

FIRE News:

The Sawyer Fire on the Santa Clara Pueblo has burned approximately 20 acres since lightning ignited the blaze late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Three hand crews are onsite this morning cutting a line around the perimeter and hope to have this done by noon today. Then they plan to mop up hotspots.

Crews working to contain the fire include Los Alamos Fire Department, BLM, Forest Service, Santa Clara Pueblo and BIA.

LAFD Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Santa Clara Pueblo is taking good care of all of the crews on scene with food,

SFNF Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Across Entire Forest Friday

on June 22, 2017 - 5:40am

Help prevent forest fires … make sure campfires are completely out and cold to the touch before leaving.’ –Smokey Bear

SFNF News:

  • Violations Punishable Up To $5,000 For Individuals; $10,000 For Organizations; Imprisonment Up To Six Months

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will implement Stage 1 fire restrictions across the entire forest at 8 a.m. Friday, June 23.

Fire danger on the forest remains high due to continued high temperatures and dry conditions.

The Jemez Ranger District, where the Cajete Fire sparked last week from an abandoned campfire near Sierra de los Pinos,

Smoke Flows Over Los Alamos From Fire Burning On Santa Clara Pueblo This Evening

on June 21, 2017 - 9:09pm
Smoke from the Santa Clara Pueblo fire as seen from Guaje Canyon earlier this evening. The Los Alamos Daily Post is in contact with fire officials as well as people at Santa Clara Pueblo so look for updates as they become available. Photo by Josh Smith
 
A plane dropping slurry on the Santa Clara Pueblo fire earlier this evening as seen from Guaje Canyon. Residents of the Pueblo report seeing the plane from their homes as well as Tribal officials traveling back and forth from the fire area. Photo by Josh Smith
 
The driver of this pickup controls traffic at approximately 7:50 p.m.

Public Addressing: Can Emergency Responders Find You In An Emergency?

on June 21, 2017 - 4:37pm

COUNTY News:

It’s a serious matter facing communities across the country - and Los Alamos is no different: numerous homes and businesses are poorly marked or not marked at all with their street address, making it a real challenge for emergency services to answer a call for assistance.

The Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments are working together to provide the community with education that can help remedy the situation this summer, while the weather is nice and property owners are making outdoor improvements.

Think your home is already marked adequately? Try this simple test:

Stand at

Cajete Fire Update: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions In Effect ... Burned Area Closed

on June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

A burning log Monday night in the Cajete Fire lights up unburned mixed conifer in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline working the Cajete Fire today anticipate minimal fire activity. The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak.

The standing dead trees in this area, left by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire, can fall suddenly. For this reason, firefighters are avoiding particularly hazardous areas.

AGU: Wildfires Pollute Much More Than Previously Thought

on June 21, 2017 - 7:33am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Summer wildfires boost air pollution considerably more than previously believed.
 
Naturally burning timber and brush launch what are called fine particles into the air at a rate three times as high as levels noted in emissions inventories at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. The microscopic specks that form aerosols are a hazard to human health, particularly to the lungs and heart.
 
“Burning biomass produces lots of pollution.

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Cajete Fire Burn Area

on June 20, 2017 - 3:30pm

Closure burn area map. Courtesy/nmfireinfonews.com

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued a closure order for the approximately 1,400 acres on the Jemez Ranger District burned by the Cajete Fire.

The restricted area includes: all lands, roads and trails within the fire perimeter (depicted on the closure map), Trail #137 between the last bridge coming from the Las Conchas Trailhead (before the trail ascends) and the East Fork Trailhead, and segments of Forest Road (FR) 270 south of the fire and FR 4G, 4GA and 4GB on the northwestern point of the burned area.

Heinrich Provides Online Resources To Help New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season

on June 20, 2017 - 3:07pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With wildfire season underway, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is helping New Mexicans prepare and stay safe with the Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center that provides information on how to protect communities from the devastating effects of wildfires.
 
The online resource center includes active wildfire information, prevention and safety tips, resources for businesses, and more.
 
Heinrich also released a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) to help spread the word about how to stay safe

Cajete Fire Morning Update: 416 Personnel ... 1,412 Acres Burned, 87 Percent Contained

on June 20, 2017 - 10:07am
A burning log Monday night in the Cajete Fire lights up unburned mixed conifer in the Jemez. Scattered small ground fires are still burning, and there are aircraft supporting final containment efforts. © 2017 David A. Ponton/wildearthlight.com
 
Small ground fires light up the lower level of unburned ponderosa pine forest in the Cajete Fire under Monday's starry night sky in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline fighting the Cajete Fire in the Jemez today anticipate minimal fire activity.

The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a

Final Evening Update On Cajete Fire: Size: 1,412 Acres ... Containment: 85 Percent

on June 19, 2017 - 10:00pm

SFNF News:

Note: This is the last evening update. Future updates will be sent out once a day.

Today crews on the fireline observed minimal fire activity. Heavy dead and down timber continues to burn in the interior of fire. The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak. The standing dead trees in this area, left by the 2011 Las Conchas fire, can fall suddenly, making this area too dangerous for firefighters to enter.

Cajete Fire Update: Containment Holding At 80 Percent

on June 19, 2017 - 10:54am

Scene from the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

Scene from the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline Sunday night observed minimal fire activity. Heavy dead and down timber continues to burn in the interior of fire. 

Scene from the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak. 

The

County Update On Cajete Fire Evacuated Animals

on June 19, 2017 - 10:10am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County just issued an update on evacuation efforts for animals displaced by the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez.

Several dogs have already been reunited with their owners and housing continues for a variety of other animals.

Owners are asked to stop by the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter and pick up their animals if they are able to return home at this point, or, to call the Animal Shelter 505-662.8179 and give the staff an anticipated pick up time.

Famine To Feast Volunteers Aid Cajete Fire Effort

on June 19, 2017 - 7:54am

Fire Chief Lee Taylor shakes hands with Famine to Feast co-founder Jaret McDonald and thanks all the volunteers for their efforts to collect supplies for the firefighters working the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Anyone interested in helping with the effort should call Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222. Courtesy photo

Famine to Feast volunteers deliver supply for the firefighters working the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Anyone interested in helping with the effort should call the Los Alamos Police Dispatch Center at 505.662.8222. Courtesy photo

Famine to Feast News:

Daily Postcard: White Rock Honors Fire Cadets

on June 19, 2017 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: The rock in White Rock pays tribute Sunday to the Los Alamos Fire Department's 27th academy graduating class of cadets. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Cajete Fire Evening Update: 424 Personnel ... 1,400 Acres Burned ... 80 Percent Contained

on June 19, 2017 - 1:08am

Cajete Fire smoke plume Friday in the Jemez. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

SFNF News:

The El Cajete Fire has burned 1,400 acres since igniting Thursday morning in the Jemez. There are now 424 personnel battling the blaze, which this evening is 80 percent contained.

Location:

  • The Cajete Fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Letter To The Editor: Huge KUDOS To Firefighters

on June 18, 2017 - 11:10pm
By DIMAS M. CHAVEZ
Former resident of Los Alamos

Once AGAIN, huge KUDOS to the firefighters involved with the Cajete Fire in the Jemez for its containment, and all their hard work in preserving as much as possible of the lovely area of the Jemez.

 

More Campfires Left Abandoned In Forest ... Meanwhile Cajete Fire Bill In Four Days Reaches $1.4 Million

on June 18, 2017 - 10:58pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As more than 300 people continued to battle the 1,400-acre Cajete Fire that sparked last Thursday from an abandoned campfire, the already-overloaded fire team on the Santa Fe National Forest was forced to respond to more abandoned campfires today.

As of 2 p.m., at least three had been reported to the dispatch center.

With record high temperatures, no moisture and possible lightning strikes in the forecast, Northern New Mexico is a tinderbox.

Cajete Fire Morning Update: 1,367 Acres Burned, 65 Percent Contained ... N.M. 4 Reopens At Noon Today

on June 18, 2017 - 11:55am

Image from a Goes-16 satellite shows smoke Saturday from large fires active in New Mexico and Arizona. The El Cajete Fire in the Jemez has burned 1,367 acres since igniting Thursday and is now 65 percent contained. Courtesy/Wildfire Today NASA

SFNF News:

The El Cajete Fire has now burned 1,367 acres since it erupted Thursday morning in the Jemez. Today fire crews are patrolling and monitoring the established containment line along the northern perimeter of the fire, while additional crews construct and improve the line on the southern perimeter.

A team of firefighters will repel today

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