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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

Conditions Look Good For Virgin Mesa Prescribed Burn

on May 2, 2017 - 6:15am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Virgin Mesa prescribed burn this week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The plan is to use hand and aerial ignitions Wednesday to treat a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

LAFD Assists Rescue Of Dog Stranded On Cliff Ledge

on April 29, 2017 - 9:47pm
Smiley the stranded dog looking forlorn as he awaits rescue. Courtesy/LAFD
 
Los Alamos Firefighter Sam Meyersick places a harness on Smiley. Courtesy/LAFD
 
Los Alamos Firefighter Aaron Williams, left, gets ready to take Smiley to the top as Firefighter Sam Meyersick looks on. Courtesy/LAFD
 
Happy to be rescued, Smiley joins, from left, LAFD Capt. Gerard Coriz, Firefighter Aaron Williams, Firefighter Sam Meyersick and Capt. Manny Pacheco. Courtesy/LAFD
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Department took their newest heavy rescue truck to Rio Chama in Rio

Forest Service Plea To Visitors: Put Out Your Campfire

on April 28, 2017 - 11:09am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  For the second weekend in a row, irresponsible campers left multiple unattended and abandoned campfires on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). 
 
Luckily, 11 still-burning campfires were discovered and extinguished before they could spark or spread.
 
But with the fire danger level on the SFNF at HIGH and most of northern and central New Mexico under a fire weather watch, it takes very little for a campfire to become a human-caused wildfire, putting lives and property at unnecessary risk. 
 
Current conditions include temperatures

Bandelier National Monument Seeks Public Input On Fire Management Plan

on April 27, 2017 - 8:13am
Prescription fire underway in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BNM News:
 
Bandelier National Monument has announced that the park is re-initiating a planning effort to prepare a new Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. 
 
The resulting plan will guide the full range of wildland fire program activities that will support land and resource management objectives. In 2013, Bandelier solicited public feedback regarding this Fire Management Plan.

Coyote Ranger District Prescribed Burns Postponed

on April 25, 2017 - 2:52pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest have postponed the previously announced Mesa Poleo and Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) prescribed burns that were tentatively scheduled for this week due to forecasted weather, including high winds and precipitation.
 
Fire managers closely monitor conditions before, during and after prescribed burns. If conditions change and are no longer optimal for prescribed burning, plans are cancelled or postponed.

LAFD's Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 24, 2017 - 8:32pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Management Analyst of Finance and Budget Heather Garcia present the fire department's $30,360,474 budget Monday night in Council Chambers. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the budget. In the presentation, Hughes reported a number of acheivements in his department including continous improvement to EMS delivery through collaboration with other jurisdictions nationwide. He reported overall patient satisfaction for EMS services is 93.28 percent. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

SFNF: Cuba Ranger District Plans To Conduct Moya Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:11pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Moya prescribed burn over two days next week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The treatment area for the Moya prescribed burn is 3,371 acres west of the community of LLaves and north of Lindrith. The plan is to begin ignitions Tuesday, April 25, and complete the burn Wednesday. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

SFNF Fire Crews Meet Objectives On Watershed Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:42am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) said that the prescribed burn implemented one week ago in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed successfully met objectives, removing heavy fuels to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire and restore the landscape to historic conditions.
 
Although aerial and hand ignitions were completed April 11, the 340-acre treatment area still has a few interior pockets of fuel that are smoldering, which may create visible smoke in the Santa Fe metro area.

McQuiston: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

on April 21, 2017 - 4:55am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Did you know roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires that occur when most people are asleep – between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.?

Smoke spreads quickly, and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half! Simply put, smoke alarms save lives.

A general rule of thumb is to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors when Daylight Savings Time ends and begins. Did you remember to do this with the recent time change?

Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

on April 19, 2017 - 7:11am
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects should conditions allow through May.
 
The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of NM 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of two to six days and are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. Burn days may not necessarily be consecutive as they will depend on weather and fuel conditions.
 

Bandelier Hosts Artists For Fire Science & Art Collaborative

on April 18, 2017 - 8:21am

East Jemez Landscape Futures project Artists in Residence Shawn Skabelund and Kathleen Brennan. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument will host artists Kathleen Brennan from Taos and Shawn Skabelund from Flagstaff, Ariz., through April 19.

Brennan and Skabelund are artists in residence as part of the East Jemez Landscape Futures project (EJLF), which aims to address conservation challenges posed by recent severe droughts, fires, and floods that affected many local communities in the eastern Jemez Mountains.

The goal of the EJLF project is for land managers, local

Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

on April 17, 2017 - 4:29pm
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects that may begin should conditions allow over the next two months of April and May.
 
The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of two to six days and are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve.

SFNF: Abandoned Campfires Raise Fire Danger

on April 17, 2017 - 12:32pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A rash of unattended and abandoned campfires on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest over Easter weekend put visitors, fire crews and the forest at unnecessary risk.

Fortunately, none of the six to seven identified campfires at the Redondo Campground and along Forest Road 376 sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. But as the New Mexico fire season nears, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.

Visitors to national forests are asked to follow campfire safety procedures

More Scenes From Elks Egg Hunt And Wildfire 2017

on April 15, 2017 - 5:27pm

From left, Matelo Maestas, Matthew Campbell, Demitrius Sisneros, Tristan MacDonald, and Cameron Sisneros organize all their loot collected during the 2017 Elk's Easter Egg Hunt and Wildfire event at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Jackie and Adrian Njuyen have fun at today's egg hunt. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

From left, Matthew Slowik, Jack Councel and Helen Slowik check out the eggs they collected during today's egg hunt. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Elks B.P.O.E #2083 Members Bill Gregory, disguised as Elroy, and Chris Weaver hand out

Scenes From Elks Egg Hunt And Wildfire 2017 Day

on April 15, 2017 - 5:18pm

A group of young people get ready to take their picture with the Easter Bunny during the 2017 Wildfire Elks Egg Hunt today at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Connor Hoch

A long line of families wait for their turn in the bouncy houses during today's 2017 Wildfire Elks Egg Hunt at Ashley Pond Park. The bouncy houses were free, courtesy of First Baptist Church. Photo by Connor Hoch

Classic Air Medical offers tours of its helicopter during today's Wildfire Elks Egg Hunt. Photo by Connor Hoch

Los Alamos Firefighters distribute bike helmets during the event today at Ashley

Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed Completed

on April 13, 2017 - 10:16pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire crews completed the 340-acre prescribed fire Tuesday afternoon in the Santa Fe Watershed.
 
Transport winds from the south are expected to continue into the evening, pushing the smoke north of Santa Fe. Moisture, including higher humidity and the possibility of scattered showers, is moving into the area and is expected to further mitigate the smoke with minimal impact on the Santa Fe metro area.
 
The prescribed burn in the Watershed was designed to protect the City of Santa Fe and its water supply by mitigating the risk of high-intensity wildfire in the

McQuiston: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

on April 13, 2017 - 8:50am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Did you know roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires that occur when most people are asleep – between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.?
 
Smoke spreads quickly, and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!  Simply put, smoke alarms save lives.
 
A general rule of thumb is to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors when Daylight Savings Time ends and begins. Did you remember to do this with the recent time change?

Daily Postcard: Through Tragedy, Life Remains

on April 12, 2017 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: Through Tragedy, Life Remains. Photo by Alex Masucci

SFNF: Spring Prescribed Burns Planned

on April 11, 2017 - 8:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable spring conditions to conduct prescribed burns during a window that opens April 17 and ends May 21.

That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.

Primary targets are a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa and 400 acres on the West Mesa treatment area a half mile north of Virgin Mesa off Forest Road 607.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

Previously Announced Prescribed Burn in Santa Fe Watershed Is A Go For Tuesday

on April 10, 2017 - 4:22pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – After careful consideration of current and forecasted conditions, including winds, weather and relative humidity, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of a favorable window to conduct the previously announced prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed Tuesday, April 11.

Hand and aerial ignitions on the 340-acre treatment area, located approximately 3 miles east of the City of Santa Fe between the Nichols and McClure Reservoirs, should be completed by 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Mari Mac Stores Close During Gas Leak Probe

on April 8, 2017 - 4:10pm

The ladder on LAFD 1 reaches over the roof of Bealls Department Store after employees reported a suspected gas leak. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

LAFD units parked at Mari Mac Shopping Center Saturday morning. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

A firefighter at the controls on LAFD 1 as firefighters and county employees check gas lines on the roof. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Department responded in force at around 11 a.m.

LAFD Seeks Vendors For Wildfire Day At Ashley Pond

on April 6, 2017 - 8:51am
COUNTY News:
 
“Wildfire Day" is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15. 
 
The Los Alamos Fire Department is seeking vendors interested in providing information about fire mitigation and defensible space services. The event is at Ashley Pond Park and vendors will be located in the Justice Center parking lot.
 
Vendors interested in hosting a booth for "Wildfire Day" are asked to contact the Los Alamos Fire Department's Administrative Office at 505.662.8317 or send an email to the event coordinator.
 
Permit forms will be required; interested vendors can visit this link (

LAFD Responds To Smoke Odor Near Loma Linda

on March 30, 2017 - 9:49pm

Los Alamos Firefighters respond to a call tonight of a smoke odor around Loma Linda on North Mesa and are on the scene searching for the source of the odor. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com 

Several LAFD trucks are on the scene of a smoke odor around Loma Linda on North Mesa. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com 

A Los Alamos County utility truck also is on scene with firefighters responding to a call tonight of a smoke odor around Loma Linda on North Mesa. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com 

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