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Era Of Megafires: Evening Of Film, Fire, Discussion

on November 14, 2018 - 6:57am
SFFC News:
 
The Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition, the Forest Stewards Guild, North 40 Productions, New Mexico Counties, and the City of Santa Fe are pleased to bring the Era of Megafires to Santa Fe.
 
The rise of highly destructive megafires -- wildfires over 100,000 acres -- has become one of today's most pressing and complex problems, threatening our communities, homes, businesses and even our very way of life. Facing the reality of this issue is daunting, but like all wicked problems, through education and action we can change the way fire comes to our forests and communities.
 
The Era

UNM-LA Designated EMT National Registry Test Site

on November 13, 2018 - 5:45am
At the Advanced Adult Airway station, student Michael Crockett demonstrates his skill for proctor Kenny Anderson. Photo by Steve Dawald

Student Joe Martinez performs CPR on the manikin at the Cardiac Arrest Management station, observed by proctor John Bialy. Photo by Steve Dawald

UNMLA News:

UNM–Los Alamos (UNM-LA) was recently designated as a test site for the National Registry Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam.

The University is now authorized to offer Basic, Advanced and Paramedic Psychomotor National Registry exams. Tests will be scheduled and coordinated as needed.

Through

SFNF: Gallinas Watershed Piles Burn Planned Today

on November 13, 2018 - 5:44am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will attempt to treat approximately 500 acres of Piles beginning today, Nov. 13, in the Gallinas Watershed adjacent to E.V. Long Campground.
 
Weather permitting, fire managers will continue treatments through Jan. 31. Fire managers plan to treat about 150 acres a day.
 
Smoke may be visible from Panderies, Las Vegas, and along I-25 north and south of Las Vegas.
 
Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire adapted

SFNF: La Cueva Prescribed Burn Slated For Today

on November 13, 2018 - 4:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will attempt to treat approximately 372 acres beginning today, Nov. 13, in the La Cueva area, seven miles northwest of Pecos.
 
Weather permitting, fire managers will continue treatments through Feb. 28.
 
Smoke may be visible from the communities of La Cueva, Glorieta, Canada da Los Alamos, La Joya, Apache Canyon, Upper Pecos Canyon, Pecos, Rowe, Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Watershed.
 
These communities can expect the smoke to settle and possibly impact the area during

Jemez Ranger District Plans Piles Burn In December

on November 12, 2018 - 5:53am

Fire managers plan ignitions on piles between Dec. 1, and Feb. 28, 2019 on the Jemez Ranger District to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality, and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on piles between Dec. 1, and Feb. 28, 2019 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews plan to treat up to 1,123 acres of piles located three to eight miles

Santa Fe Watershed Piles Burn Planned

on November 4, 2018 - 4:41am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind directions, and weather forecasts to initiate a piles burn in the Santa Fe Watershed area as early as Nov.15.
 
Depending on conditions, ignitions could possibly not start until sometime in early 2019.   
 
The treatment area is approximately 50 acres and is located adjacent to Forest Road (FR) 102 approximately four miles east of the City of Santa Fe and six miles southwest of Ski Santa Fe.
 
Smoke will likely

Red Cross Reminder: Check Smoke Alarms When Turning Clocks Back This Weekend

on November 2, 2018 - 7:02am

American Red Cross News:

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday when a majority of the country turns their clocks back one hour. The American Red Cross is taking this time to remind everyone also to take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said Colin Williams, Regional Communications Officer with the Red Cross in Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time.

SFNF: 150 Acres Completed On Borrego Mesa Burn

on November 1, 2018 - 7:21am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) completed 150 acres of a 200 acre broadcast burn Tuesday on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit.
 
The broadcast burn reduces the risk of high-severity wildfire. The treatment area consists of slash left behind from wood cutting.
 
The remaining 50 acres are expected to be completed sometime between early November and Dec. 31.
 
The area is approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas.

SFNF: Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

on October 31, 2018 - 7:27am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Due to favorable conditions, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) began a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit today.
 
Favorable conditions, such as acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, will allow up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit to be treated anytime between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2.
 
Fire managers plan to target heavier slash left behind from wood cutting to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
The area is located approximately five miles East of

Prescribed Fire Innovation: All Hands All Lands Burn Team Completes Work In Taos Ski Valley, Carson National Forest

on October 28, 2018 - 8:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild have worked together for more than a month using prescribed fire across more than 2,900 acres to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.

These forests are adapted to fire and need low-intensity burns to remain healthy. The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is a fully qualified team designed to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.

Walking A Day In A Firefighter's Shoes

on October 25, 2018 - 12:32pm
Los Alamos Daily Post Reporter Kirsten Laskey, center, with other participants during the LAFD's Firefighter for a Day program. LAFD/Courtesy
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s amazing what can be learned when you put your feet in another person’s shoes. Particularly if those shoes are thick-soled, rubber black boots. Just trying to shove your feet down into them requires a good deal of stamina. Once your feet fit in, however, where those shoes can take you will astound and amaze.

Early Saturday morning about 20 people ranging from laboratory

Jemez Ranger District Joaquin Piles Burn Begins Today

on October 25, 2018 - 10:59am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today on piles that will reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Fire managers will take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and recent precipitation.

Should the weather permit this morning, crews will treat up to 230 acres of the Joaquin piles.

The Joaquin piles area is 6.5 miles north of Gilman, just south of Porter Landing. Smoke may be visible from Cuba, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, N.M.

Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Changed To Oct. 25

on October 22, 2018 - 5:47pm

Scene from a previous prescribed burn. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  – Fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) anticipate a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit as early as Thursday, Oct. 25.

Conditions were not favorable enough for the anticipated start date of Oct. 22; therefore, should favorable conditions allow, to include acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit may be treated anytime between Oct. 25 and Nov. 2.

Fire managers plan to target

Los Alamos Citizens Are Firefighters For A Day

on October 20, 2018 - 5:07pm
Most days they're County Councilors, scientists, school employees, County staffers or reporters, but Saturday they were firefighters for a day at the LAFD training facility on DP Road. The Los Alamos County Fire Department provided around 25 locals, including Los Alamos Daily Post Reporter Kirsten Laskey, an opportunity to suit up and find out what it is like to be a firefighter. Here, one of the participants climbs the training tower. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Going up the tower. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The crew hoists the climber into the air.

SFNF: Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Oct. 22

on October 18, 2018 - 7:29am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  If favorable conditions allow, to include acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may begin a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit as early as Monday, Oct. 22.
 
Up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit may be treated with a focus on heavier slash left by wood cutting to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.   
 
The area is approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas.

BLM Taos Field Office Plans Prescribed Burns Near Tres Piedras And Cerro Areas

on October 16, 2018 - 10:36am

BLM News:

TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management will conduct prescribed fires in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument during an approximate one-month period, beginning Oct. 22.

The burns are at Cerro Montoso and Cerro del Aire, 12 miles northeast and 4 miles northeast of Tres Piedras, respectively, and in the Guadalupe Mountains, approximately 1 mile south of Cerro.

Smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities, the monument, and highways N.M. 522, US 285 and US 64. Timing of the burns is dependent upon weather and burning conditions.

The purpose of the project is to improve

BLM Begins San Pedro Thinning Project

on October 15, 2018 - 9:57am
San Pedro area hazardous fuels thinning begins around Oct. 17. Courtesy/BLM
BLM News:
 
TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin hazardous fuels thinning in the San Pedro area beginning around Oct. 17 and carry on until Nov. 30.
 
The thinning project is expected to take 2-6 weeks; however, the exact timing is subject to weather and ground conditions.
 
The San Pedro fuels reduction project is located on BLM lands on the south side of N.M. 344, approximately one mile east of the intersection of N.M. 14 and N.M.

Council Proclaims Oct. 7-13 Fire Prevention Week

on October 4, 2018 - 6:07am

Los Alamos County Councilor Morris Pongratz, left, presents a proclamation to LAFD Wildland Fire Chief Kelly Sterna Tuesday night during the County Council meeting recognizing Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation recognizing Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week Tuesday night during the Los Alamos County Council meeting.
 
Councilor Morris Pongratz presented the proclamation.
 
Proclamation:
 
WHEREAS: Los Alamos County is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all who

Jemez Ranger District Tent Rocks Prescribed Burn

on September 30, 2018 - 7:50am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement a prescribed burn, if conditions allow, between Oct. 15 and Nov. 30 in the Tent Rocks area.
 
The treatment area is approximately 3.5 miles north of Jemez Springs, NM and less than 1 mile southwest of La Cueva, NM. The Tent Rocks prescribed burn is to reduce risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Favorable conditions measured include fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds and weather forecasts.

Jemez Ranger District To Begin Joaquin Piles Burn

on September 29, 2018 - 9:14am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions sometime between Oct. 15 and Feb. 28, 2019 on Joaquin piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 347 acres of the Joaquin piles.
 
The Joaquin piles area is located along the southern edge of Forest Road (FR) 534 and west of FR 376 about six miles west of Jemez Springs.

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Update

on September 26, 2018 - 7:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) completed a 545 acre prescribed burn Monday in the Santa Fe Watershed, about three miles east of the City of Santa Fe, to help protect the watershed from high intensity wildfire.
 
Prescribed burning is not planned in the watershed again until the spring.
 
The 545 acre prescribed burn was conducted in proximity to Nichols and McClure Reservoirs. Parts of a 450 acre area northeast of Nichols Reservoir received treatment, as did parts of a 500 acre area just south of McClure Reservoir.
 
Historically, low- to

Cedar Springs Prescribed Burn Mid-September Update

on September 25, 2018 - 2:59pm
Courtesy/USDA
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to begin ignitions today on the Cedar Springs prescribed burn to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions, which include fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds and weather forecasts are favorable for ignitions. Up to 500 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the Cedar Springs area. The total prescribed burn area is 1,454 acres.
 
Forest Roads 6 and 7 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged from

SFNF: French Mesa Prescribed Burn Update

on September 25, 2018 - 6:51am
Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire Managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest completed the French Mesa prescribed burn Thursday.
 
The objective was met by the total of 3,580 acres that were successfully treated.
 
The prescribed burn was conducted to improve wildlife forage and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open to the public, but travelers are advised to take extreme caution when entering into or near the burn areas.

LAPD And LAFD Respond To Crash West Of Totavi

on September 23, 2018 - 5:24pm

Two tow trucks, each towing a vehicle were spotted leaving the scene of an accident at approximately 4:30 p.m. today west of Totavi, at right about the 40 mph zone area. Details will be published as soon as available. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Forest Service Teams Work To Increase Prescribed Burns To Protect Water Sources, Wildlife & Reduce Risk

on September 22, 2018 - 2:15pm
FOREST SERVICE News:
 
SANTA FE The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild are working together to increase the use of prescribed fire to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.
 
The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is unique in that it is designed to stand-up a fully qualified team to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.
 
The practice of prescribe fire promotes ecological health in frequent fire forests, reduces hazardous

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