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McQuiston: Extinguish The Chance Of A House Fire

on May 21, 2018 - 8:46am
The Jemez Agency
If you had the opportunity to take a few seconds out of your busy day to keep your home, your loved ones, and your most valuable possessions safe, would you do it? Of course. Why take the chance of something disastrous happening, like a house fire, if those few seconds were able to provide the peace of mind that everything is protected?
Throughout my many years of working in insurance, I’ve handled many fire claims and while this may go without saying, a house fire can be one of the most stressful things someone could ever experience.

County Council Proclaims EMS Week May 20-26

on May 21, 2018 - 8:44am

Los Alamos Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Division Chief Ben Stone, left, is presented with a proclamation by former County Councilor James Chrobocinski declaring the week of May 20-26 Emergency Medical Services Week in Los Alamos County. LAFD provides Emergency Medical Services to both the community and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Department has six ambulances that respond to 911 medical calls and all LAFD firefighters are required to have an EMS license.

LAPD Law Enforcement Wives Place ‘Thin Blue Lines’ On Vehicles

on May 16, 2018 - 8:29am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone thanks members of the LAPD Law Enforcement Wives group, from left, Jessica Randleman, Kateri Morris, Kim Roberts and Elizabeth Lyon. The wives placed a temporary ‘thin blue line’ on vehicles for community members allowing them to show their support and appreciation of local law enforcement. Not pictured is Melissa Weiss who also stopped by to help. More than 60 people stopped by, many expressing their gratitude for LAPD staff. The event was in honor of Police Appreciation Week, May 13-19. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Kateri Morris, right,

Project Heart Start At Fuller Lodge June 9

on May 15, 2018 - 2:36pm

Secretaries Perdue And Zinke Join Forces To Combat 2018 Wildfire Season

on May 13, 2018 - 7:31am
Members of Congress include Senators Michael Bennet (CO), Maria Cantwell (WA), Mike Crapo (ID), Steve Daines (MT), Cory Gardner (CO), Dean Heller (NV), Jeff Merkley (OR), Jim Risch (ID), Ron Wyden (OR); and Representatives Rob Bishop (UT), Jim Costa (CA), Jared Huffman (CA), Doug LaMalfa (CA), Frank Lucas (OK), Tom McClintock (CA), Tom O'Halleran (AZ), Steve Pearce (NM), GT Thompson (PA), Greg Walden (OR), and Bruce Westerman (AR). Courtesy photo
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USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Friday

Forest Increases Public Engagement To Prevent Fires

on May 12, 2018 - 1:20pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) personnel will engage the public more often than usual to increase fire prevention awareness and reduce the chances for wildfires while in Stage 2 fire restrictions.

The Stage 2 fire restrictions went into effect across the forest May 7 and will remain until conditions allow forest officials to change or lift the restrictions.

“We’re making a concerted effort on the forest to make sure as much of the public as possible is aware of, and understands, the restrictions we have in place,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said.

Council Chair Participates In Fire Ops 101 Program

on May 11, 2018 - 8:10am

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, right, participates in Fire Ops 101 May 5 in Albuquerque with Los Alamos Fire Department Driver/Engineer Mike Montoya who accompanied him throughout the day's activities. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, center, participates in a CPR exercise during his Fire Ops 101 day May 5 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Scene from Fire Ops 101 May 5 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz got to experience firsthand

Los Alamos Police And Fire Departments Take Over Nature Center May 15

on May 10, 2018 - 8:17am

PEEC News:


The Los Alamos Police and Fire Departments are taking over the nature center 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.


Join officers and firefighters to discuss hiking safety, wild animal safety and more. There also will be police vehicles and the and bomb truck for families to look at and for kids to sit inside. There may be some special giveaways for kids, as well.


This event is free and open to the public.


For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.


PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve

Los Alamos County Enters Stage II Fire Restrictions!

on May 7, 2018 - 8:43am

LAFD News:

After consulting with Los Alamos National Laboratory, and in cooperation with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Los Alamos Fire Department has announced that Los Alamos County will enter into Stage II Fire Restrictions, effective immediately. 

Los Alamos County Stage II Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited 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

On The Job In White Rock: At Fire Station 3

on May 5, 2018 - 6:17pm

On the job in White Rock this afternoon are Los Alamos Firefighters from Station 3 washing vehicles in the spring sunshine. Several more firefighters were on duty but fled from the camera due to a longtime LAFD tradition that if they get their photo in the newspaper, they have to buy ice cream for the crew. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

LAFD Training Division For LANL Chief Paul Grano Achieves Executive Fire Officer Designation

on May 2, 2018 - 3:20pm

Los Alamos Fire Department LANL Training Chief Paul Grano, left, and Chief Troy Hughes attended Tuesday evening's Los Alamos County Council meeting where Grano was recognized for achieving his Executive Fire Officer designation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Department LANL Training Division Chief Paul Grano was recognized during Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting for receiving his Executive Fire Officer (EFO) designation through the US Fire Administration National Fire Academy (NFA).


Chicoma Fire Near Espanola Grows To 42 Acres

on May 1, 2018 - 1:51pm

Staff Report

The Chicoma Fire, which started Monday afternoon in the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) five miles east of Chicoma Peak and nine miles west of Espanola grew  to more than 40 acres overnight.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

SFNF public affairs assistant Anna Bouchonville told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that resources on the scene include four engines, two water tankers, a 20-person handcrew and a 20-person hotshot crew. She said four air tankers have been dropping retardant on the fire.

Communities to the east or

Los Alamos Medical Center Hosts Teddy Bear Clinic

on May 1, 2018 - 6:45am

Los Alamos Medical Center doctors, nurses and administrators gather with students and teachers Monday for the annual Teddy Bear Clinic, designed to familiarize students with the features inside a hospital. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Police Cpl. James Keane explains the items on his belt to Los Alamos kindergarten students Monday at Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Classic Air Medical pilot Geoff Rodgers and flight nurse Aaron Friel talk to kindergarten students Monday at the helipad behind Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

SFNF Chicoma Fire Ignites West Of Espanola

on May 1, 2018 - 6:11am

SFNF News:

A fire ignited Monday afternoon in the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, nine miles west of Espanola and five miles east of Chicoma peak.

  • Start Date: April 30, 2018
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Size: 20 acres
  • Weather: The winds are out of the southwest, gusting up to 20 MPH.
  • Situation: The fire was reported Monday afternoon. Resources on scene include three engines and a 20-person hand crew. Four air tankers also are on scene, dropping retardant on the fire. In addition, a 20-person hotshot crew headed to the scene late Monday along with two additional fire engines. 

BLM Implements Fire Restrictions

on April 27, 2018 - 6:55am
BLM News:
ROSWELL  Due to current and projected fire danger, the Bureau of Land Management Roswell Field Office has enacted fire restrictions for the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area and the Lincoln Tracts, parcels of BLM-managed public lands in and around the community of Lincoln.


  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, except within agency-provided fire grates at developed recreation sites, or within fully enclosed stoves with a ¼” spark-arrestor type screen, or within fully enclosed grills, or in stoves using

No Prescribed Burns On SFNF While In Fire Restrictions

on April 26, 2018 - 6:10am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Due to overall dry conditions across the forest fire managers announce they will not conduct prescribed burns on the Santa Fe National Forest while in fire restrictions.
Monsoon rains forecasted in July could, however, allow fire restrictions to be lifted sometime in the summer. If that happens, and if conditions allow, prescribed burns could resume as well. 
SFNF officials remind the public that the entire SFNF is currently under Stage I fire restrictions, however the public can still access and enjoy the forest.

Chamber Members Hear From Commercial Fire and Building Code Officials At Monthly Breakfast

on April 25, 2018 - 2:22pm

Los Alamos County Chief Building Inspector Michael Arellano, right, and Los Alamos Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland address Chamber of Commerce members April 19 at their monthly breakfast meeting. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce members heard from Los Alamos County Chief Building Official Michael Arellano and Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland about commercial code enforcement at the monthly Chamber Breakfast April 19 at UNM-LA.

Arellano, who has been in code enforcement in Coloraro, Texas and New Mexico for more than 25

French Mesa Prescribed Burn On Hold

on April 25, 2018 - 12:01pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Due to unfavorable moisture levels and weather conditions, fire managers at the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) placed the French Mesa prescribed burn on hold.
Additionally, forest service personnel would like the public to report any suspicious activity in the Mesa Poleo area where there were two arson fires this year, and in any other areas within the Coyote Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest by calling the Coyote Ranger District office at the phone number located at the bottom of the news release.
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Bandelier Reminds Visitors About Fire Restrictions

on April 25, 2018 - 9:55am
Following the Stage 1 Fire Restriction that was implemented last week by the Santa Fe National Forest, Superintendent Jason Lott would like to remind visitors that Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place year round at Bandelier.
"With the unusually low moisture levels, dry conditions and high winds, we want the public to remain vigilant about fire safety when they visit," Superintendent Lott said.
At Bandelier, camp fires are allowed in the grates provided in the campgrounds. Charcoal and charcoal grill use is limited to the grates in the campground as well.

Classic Air Medical Helicopter To Assist LAFD In Event Of Local Wildland Fire

on April 24, 2018 - 9:50am
Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Division Chief Kelly Sterna prepares for take-off in a Classic Air Medical helicopter flown by pilot Ivan Kubeldis during recent training. Courtesy photo
Aerial view of Los Alamos from the Classic Air Medical helicopter during non-aviation crew member training for LAFD command staff. Courtesy photo
LAFD Safety Division Chief James Thwaits gets ready to fly in a Classic Air Medical helicopter during recent training. Courtesy photo 
Los Alamos Daily Post

Due to the high level of fire danger in the area,

Wildfire Safety Tips During Critical Weather Conditions

on April 21, 2018 - 7:50am

LANL Wildland Fire Manager Discusses Drought

on April 19, 2018 - 3:00pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Wildland Fire Manager Manny L'Esperance addresses the crowd gathered at Science on Tap Monday at Unquarked in Central Park Square. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Participants in Monday evening's Science on Tap event listen to a wildland fire presentation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

“I don’t think I’m going to surprise anybody when I tell you what the current conditions are,” Los Alamos National Laboratory Wildland Fire Manager Manny L’Esperance said Monday evening at a

BLM Announces Emergency Fire Prevention Restrictions For Santa Fe County

on April 17, 2018 - 9:39am
BLM News:
TAOS  The Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office is initiating emergency fire prevention restrictions on public lands managed by the Taos Field Office in Santa Fe County, beginning today, due to high fire potential.
The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. 
“We are joining our county and federal partners in these actions in efforts to protect lives and property,” BLM Taos Field Manager Pamela Mathis said. 
Prohibited Acts include: 
  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in

Fire Chief Commends DPU Linemen For Quick Action On West Road Fire

on April 17, 2018 - 5:58am
Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Electricity Distribution Division lineman Julian Suazo, left, and Wayne Valdez discovered a loose connection that caused a small fire Thursday, made the area safe for firefighters and repaired the connection. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Scene Thursday afternoon of firefighters responding to small fire in LA Canyon near the Ice Rink. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes has commended two local linemen for their quick response to

LANL And LAFD Respond To Bulging Drum At Sigma Facility

on April 16, 2018 - 10:27pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel and Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a report of a bulging drum at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Sigma facility, according to a LANL spokesman.

“The drum has been rendered safe, and there is no threat to workers or the public. Full access to the facility has been restored,” the spokesman said.

The Sigma complex was built in the 1950s and 1960s and houses extensive laboratory areas for materials synthesis and processing, characterization, and fabrication.