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LAFD Cadets Hear LANL History

on June 13, 2017 - 1:04pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Historian Alan B. Carr gives a talk on the history of the Lab Friday to members of the Los Alamos Fire Department Academy in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Members of the LAFD Fire Academy listen to a talk on LANL history Friday in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

LAFD Cadets Cleaning Up At Overlook Park Monday

on June 9, 2017 - 1:54pm
The Los Alamos Fire Department Cadet Class #27 will be doing a community project at Overlook Park in White Rock on Monday, June 12 beginning at 9 a.m., and ending later in the afternoon the same day.
The class will be doing a general clean-up of trash and conducting wildland fire mitigation. The activities are being conducted to enhance the safety of the area in preparation for the upcoming July 4th fireworks display sponsored annually by the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club. 
Each LAFD cadet class is required to complete a community improvement project during their 24-week

Family Safe After Lightning Strikes Home

on June 7, 2017 - 1:24am

Several Los Alamos Fire Department units respond to a fire Tuesday night at a Los Pueblos Road home. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A lightning strike Tuesday evening at the home of Leo and Clare Webber on Los Pueblos Road evening caused substantial damage but the couple escaped without injury.

The Los Alamos Fire Department received a call of the strike about 9:30 p.m. and dispatched several units to the scene. During the same time frame, LAFD also responded to a fire alarm at the Los Alamos County Eco Station on East Jemez Road.


Scenes From Lightning Strike At Los Pueblos Home

on June 6, 2017 - 11:47pm

Los Alamos Firefighters at the scene of this evening's lightning strike at a home on Los Pueblos. Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes told the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening that everyone in the home got out without injury. He said the fire is now out, adding that the home has sustained some damage due to the fire that broke out in the attic from the lightning strike and investigators are on scene. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Fire Inspector John Kelley speaks with the homeowners at the scene of this evening's lightning strike at their home on Los Pueblos.

Family Escapes Injury Following Lightning Strike At Los Pueblos Home This Evening

on June 6, 2017 - 11:15pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes told the Los Alamos Daily Post a few moments ago that everyone in the home struck by lightning this evening on Los Pueblos got out without injury.

Chief Hughes said the fire is now out, adding that the home has sustained some damage due to the fire that broke out in the attic from the lightning strike and investigators are on scene.

Lightning Strikes Home On Los Pueblos Tonight

on June 6, 2017 - 10:17pm

Los Alamos Firefighters are on the scene of a home hit by lightning this evening on Los Pueblos. An update will be published as soon as details are available. Photo by Hope Jaramillo for the Los Alams Daily Post

Woman Injured On Atomic City Bus This Morning

on June 6, 2017 - 9:12pm

An Atomic City Transit bus driver braked abruptly at the intersection of Diamond Drive and 38th Street to avoid a collision this morning causing a female passenger to fall forward and hit her head on a pole inside the bus. Los Alamos Police Department and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene. According to Cdr. Oliver Morris, the woman sustained a cut to her head. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

LAFD: Safety And Use Of Fireworks

on June 6, 2017 - 4:59pm

Courtesy/National Fire Protection Association

LAFD News:

July 4th is only a few short weeks away! Fireworks have been a part of many of our families’ Independence Day celebrations throughout the years. Let’s make sure our community is safe during this holiday season.

People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips.

  • Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Backup to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Buy only legal fireworks read the

Abandoned Campfire + Fire Season = Potential Disaster

on June 6, 2017 - 9:23am

Example of what can quickly happen when a campfire is not completely extinguished. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

  • Unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire

SANTA FE – The good news is that last weekend there were only four abandoned campfires on the Santa Fe National Forest, a significant decrease from the 41 discovered over the Memorial Day weekend. 

The bad news is that two of the four escaped the fire ring and could have kicked off a wildfire if they had not been found in time and extinguished. 

As conditions on the forest get warmer and drier, please remember that

SFNF Officials Hope To Conduct Prescribed Burns

on June 3, 2017 - 6:27am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, are watching the weather and other factors to identify optimal windows to continue work on previously announced prescribed burns this spring.

Recently, crews completed approximately 50 acres on the French Mesa unit. If conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, remain favorable, they may resume ignitions on that unit today. The 5,041-acre French Mesa treatment area is approximately 10 miles north of Gallina.

Check the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page at

Summit Garden Club Meets Monday

on May 31, 2017 - 4:45am

Courtesy photo

Summit Garden Club News:

Summit Garden Club will meet Monday afternoon, June 5, to hear Karl Buermeyer of the Santa Fe Forest Service speak on “Living With Fire – Jemez Mountain Forest  Restoration.” 

Buermeyer will talk about forest health, fire in the forest, plans for the restoration of the Jemez forests, and reintroduction of fire into the forest.

Ann Cooke will speak on preparing a home in the forest for fire. Members may gather at 12:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the United Church, and drive to the Cookes' home in Sierra Los Pinos.

Visitors welcome.

Lightning Strikes Flagpole At American Legion

on May 29, 2017 - 5:37pm

Lightning struck a flagpole at about 3 p.m. today at the American Legion on Trinity Drive. The strike caused a great deal of damage to electrical equipment, according to folks at the scene. The final damage is yet to be determined. The flagpole was silver before the strike. Photo by Leland Lehman/

This flagpole at the American Legion was silver before it was hit this afternoon by lightning. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Final Hondito Wildfire Update

on May 29, 2017 - 8:12am

USFS News:

TAOS – The Hondito wildfire area will continue to be patrolled and monitored by fire personnel.

  • Location: Hondito Canyon, 4 miles southwest of Tres Piedras and 2 miles North of Las Tablas
  • Size: 7,020 acres, size changed due to accurate GPS mapping
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Start Date: May 15, 2017

As remaining interior fuel continues to burn, lingering smoke may be visible.

The fire is expected to remain at 7,020 acres. The lack of growth is due to minimal fire behavior and predicted weather forecast. The number of people assigned to the fire has been reduced to minimize exposure.


Think About Smokey Bear This Weekend And Follow Proper Campfire Procedures

on May 27, 2017 - 7:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To quote Smokey Bear, only you can prevent a repeat of last year’s Memorial Day weekend when campers left 25 unattended and abandoned campfires on the Santa Fe National Forest. Fortunately, none of the 25 identified campfires sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. 

But we might not be so lucky this year. As the New Mexico fire season gets underway, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims May 21-27, 2017 'Emergency Medical Services Week'

on May 23, 2017 - 11:13am

County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, right, presents a proclamation declaring the Week of May 21-27, 2017 as 'Emergency Medical Services Week' in Los Alamos County to, from left, LAFD Safety Division Chief Wendy Swervey, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and LAFD EMS Division Chief Ben Stone. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Staff Report


The Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation at its May 16 meeting, declaring the Week of May 21-27, 2017 as "Emergency Medical Services Week" in Los Alamos County.


County Councilor Antonio Maggiore presented the proclamation on behalf of the

LAFD Celebrates Six New Fire And Rescue Vehicles

on May 22, 2017 - 4:43pm

LAFD Fire Chief Troy Hughes, left, Los Alamos Field Office Deputy Manager Juan Griego and County Council Chair David Izraelevitz speak during the ceremony. Photo by Louisa Martinez/LAFD

A ceremony Thursday at Fire Station 1 celebrates the six new vehicles added to the Los Alamos Fire Department's fleet. Photo by Louisa Martinez​/LAFD


​Los Alamos Daily Post


Los Alamos Fire Department hosted a push in ceremony Thursday afternoon at Fire Station 1 to celebrate the addition of six new vehicles to its fleet.

The six units were displayed outside the fire station and

Hondito Wildfire Update

on May 22, 2017 - 9:06am


TAOS – The Hondito Fire, started May 15 from a lightning strike, has consumed 5,000 acres four miles southwest of Tres Piedras and two miles north of Las Tablas and is 0 percent contained.

Fire managers took advantage of favorable conditions Sunday and completed 5,000 acres of the 14,900 acre planning area. Crews spent the morning constructing perimeter line in advance of afternoon aerial ignitions. Utilizing the helicopter, crews were able to cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time.

Responders Rush To Distress Call On Blue Dot Trail

on May 14, 2017 - 3:17pm

Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs on the scene near the Blue Dot Trail in White Rock where a call was apparently made this afternoon by a hiker in distress. Initial reports indicate that EMTs are now walking the hiker out to safety. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

An LAFD ambulance and fire engine stand ready this afternoon at Overlook Park in White Rock to assist a distressed hiker on the Blue Dot Trail. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Classic Air Medical helicopter lands at Overlook Park this afternoon after making several passovers searching for a distressed hiker along

On The Job In Los Alamos: Firefighters At Station 4

on May 14, 2017 - 8:43am

On the Job in Los Alamos: Firefighters Zach Shriver, left, and Matt Austin wash a medical response truck Saturday morning at Firestation 4 on Diamond Drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Council Approves Lease Agreement For LAFD

on May 11, 2017 - 8:48pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes discusses a lease agreement for Suite 200 at 999 Central Ave. during the Los Alamos County Council special session Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. The space will be used for a training classroom as well as a storage facility for emergency medical supplies and personal protective equipment. The cost for the amended lease is $2,411.51 above the current monthly cost, which is $15,357.19. Council approved the lease agreement 6-0. Councilor Rick Reiss recused himself because he has a 25 percent ownership interest in the property.

LAFD Responds To Medical Emergency Near MVD

on May 8, 2017 - 7:38pm
Los Alamos Fire Department Station 6 responded to a medical emergency of an elderly man this afternoon outside the New Mexico Motor Vehicles Department on Central Avenue. Details are not being released at this time. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew, left, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris assist Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs during a medical emergency this afternoon outside the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles on Central Avenue.  Photo by Maire O'Neill
Los Alamos Police Department officers assisted LAFD personnel by securing the area around

Council Honors LAFD Station 4, B Shift Crew For Receiving Phoenix Award For Saving Lives

on May 8, 2017 - 9:05am

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, briefed members of the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening on the fact that his B Shift crew at Fire Station 4 has been awarded the Phoenix CPR Award for saving the lives of Los Alamos residents suffering cardiac arrest. The heroes of the B Shift crew include, Captain/Paramedic Joseph Baca, Driver Engineer/Paramedic Van Leimer and Firefighters Matthew Austin, Zachary Shriver and Kenneth Martinez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County staff and community members give a standing ovation to the B Shift crew at Fire Station 4 for saving

Inside Look At Jemez Mountain Fire Center At TA-49

on May 5, 2017 - 9:55am
Santa Fe National Forest Helitack Supervisor Brian Kliesen stands in front of the agency’s Bell 407 helicopter. Photo by Maire O’Neill/
National Park Service Fire Management Officer Marla Rodgers shows a map of the area covered by the Fire Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Marla Rodgers is the Fire Management Officer for a huge area of New Mexico including Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Pecos National Historical Park and Fort Union National Monument.

It may seem as though her position

On The Job In Los Alamos: Fire Capt. Manny Pacheco

on May 3, 2017 - 1:57pm

On the job in Los Alamos: Fire Capt. Manny Pacheco at work last week is a member of the LAFD Technical Rescue Team. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

County Proclaims May ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’

on May 3, 2017 - 12:54pm
Accepting the ‘May Is Mental Health Awareness Month’ proclamation at Tuesday's Council meeting, from left, John Whiteside, LAMC; Deni Fell, County; Carole Rutten, LANL; Christine Hazard, LAPS; Cindy Rooney, UNM-LA; Kim Gabaldon, County;  Mary Beth Maassen, LAMC; Olivia Ortega and Kristy Ortega, UWNNM; Fire Chief Troy Hughes; County Councilor Rick Reiss, Police CHief Dino Sgambellone and  Stephanie Koch, Mesa Vista Wellness. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost
UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega speaks on behalf of the mental health awareness group initiative during Tuesday's Council