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Local Fire Restrictions Relax at Noon Today!

on July 6, 2012 - 4:20pm



The Los Alamos County Fire Department will relax its fire restrictions at noon today to Stage I in Los Alamos County.


This relaxation of fire restrictions is based upon:

  • Local weather improvement, including:
  • Recent regular rainfall
  • The local (7) day forecast that reflects the apparent onset of the monsoon season
  • Rising humidity values in the weather
  • Fuel condition improvements, including:
  • Reduction in Fire Danger Level, from Extreme to High
  • Reduction in Ignition Potential, from 100% to 70%
  • Increase in the Dead Fuel Moistures to double-digit levels.
  • Daily fire occurrence

Ranger's Son Intends to Fight Fires From Sky

on July 6, 2012 - 10:28am

Chief Ranger Tom Betts of Bandelier National Monument with his son Drew Betts, 14, at Wednesday's naturalization ceremony in Frijoles Canyon. Drew Betts has learned to fly planes from his skilled bush pilot father and said that as a career, he intends to become a helicopter pilot to fight forest fires from the sky. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Domestic Dispute Leads to Possible Self-injury

on July 5, 2012 - 11:35am

Scene in front of Los Alamos County Detention Center this morning. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Police responded to a possible domestic dispute around 10:45 a.m. today in White Rock. 

A man was transported to the Los Alamos Detention Center. 

Capt. Randy Foster said the man became animated in the police car on the way to the jail, thrashing his head against the interior of the vehicle. 

Upon arrival at the jail, police called Los Alamos Fire Department EMT personnel as a pecaution to check out the man's potential injuries. 

More information will be available later on this

Morning Fire Destroys Chapel at New Beginnings Fellowship Church

on July 4, 2012 - 5:29pm

The state fire marshal has been called in to help Los Alamos fire investigators determine the cause of a fire this morning that destroyed the chapel at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road. Photo by Karen Kendall/

Staff Report

A large fire broke out this morning in the chapel of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road.

One firefighter was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center after a 5-inch coupling broke loose and injured his ankle as he battled the blaze.

No one else was hurt, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said.

Grider described the scene saying

Firefighters Display American Pride

on July 4, 2012 - 3:36pm

Firefighters welcome residents and visitors alike on the most patriotic day of the year with an American flag flying high in the air above Station 3 on N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by TK Thompson/

County Issues Community Update as LANL Enters Stage III Fire Restrictions

on July 3, 2012 - 10:29am

COUNTY News Alert:

The Los Alamos County Fire Department (LAFD) would like to ask the public for their continued support and assistance during Extreme Fire Danger.

The Los Alamos National Laboratory properties have entered Stage III Fire Restrictions effective July 3 and the LAFD supports their actions.

Therefore, the Los Alamos Fire Department has implemented the attached restrictions to all County owned or forested areas within Los Alamos County effective at 8 a.m. today, Tuesday July 3. 

Patrols of these areas will be conducted by the LAFD and LAPD throughout the County and residents

LASO, LANL Increase Fire Restrictions

on July 2, 2012 - 4:37pm

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office (LASO) has upgraded fire restrictions on Department of Energy property to prohibit all outside recreational and off-road driving activities.

The upgrade to Stage III fire restrictions coincides with that of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Both organizations imposed Stage II fire restrictions last week, and are now increasing their postures to Stage III.

“We are not seeing any near-term relief in the hot and dry weather,” LASO Manager Kevin Smith said.

Fire Department Asks Residents for Help

on July 2, 2012 - 1:49pm

LAFD News:

With the current Fire Danger at EXTREME, and the anticipation of the fire danger level elevating to Stage 3 in the coming days, the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) is asking for the community's help.


LAFD asks people to refrain from using fireworks, campfires or bbq’s on public land. LAFD also asks people to smoking only inside a vehicle or building during these extremely dry conditions, especially during the annual Fourth of July celebration.

Adhering to this request could prove very beneficial, not only to the fire department, but to the citizens in the entire county, by

One Year Later: Udall to Tour Las Conchas & Wallow Fire Sites

on July 2, 2012 - 12:09pm

SOCORRO – This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will visit Catron County and Santa Clara Pueblo to examine the destructive long-term effects of last year’s Las Conchasand Wallow fires and their implications for the current record-breaking wildfire season.

Udall will also visit the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA).

Today, July 2, Udall will travel to the JVLA radio telescope facility near Magdalena.

Udall will tour the site with association directors and scientists and travel up into the interior of an antenna.

Udall will then travel to Spur Ranch in Luna where last year’s Wallow Fire


Six New Firefighters Swear to Protect Community

on July 1, 2012 - 9:46pm

Six new members of the Los Alamos Fire Department, Ernesto Polson, Daniel Martinez, Kenny Martinez, David Apodaca, Sam Meyersick and Nathan Sisneros, were sworn in during the Fire Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony for Fire Recruit Class #24, Friday at the White Rock Baptist Church, 80 N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Days at the Academy can be long and difficult for individuals seeking to become firefighters with the internationally accredited Los Alamos Fire Department.

While many who attempt the school do not complete it, the LAFD on


No Fireworks Allowed on Santa Fe National Forest

on July 1, 2012 - 12:18pm


Forest Supervisor Maria Garcia reminds visitors and campers that the use of fireworks is prohibited on the Santa Fe National Forest.

Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on national forest lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.

Forest visitors also are reminded about the importance of recreating safely and responsibly and to keep in mind the following:

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Prohibit: Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire.


Extreme Drought Forces Fireworks Cancelation, Celebration Will Go On

on June 28, 2012 - 9:34pm


Photo by Greg Kendall/

Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, in consultation with the Los Alamos Fire Department, in consideration of the dangerously dry conditions embracing Northern New Mexico has decided that a fireworks display will not be included in this years 4th of July Celebration Event at Overlook Park.

All other activities, including Atomic City Transit to the park, will go on as planned.

The public can still enjoy all of the typical July 4 festivities at Overlook Park including music by the Nomads and Community Winds, a display by the Habanero


Los Alamos Site Office Takes Fire Prevention Measures

on June 28, 2012 - 9:16pm

NNSA News:

As a result of the region’s high fire potential, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office (LASO) has imposed fire prevention restrictions on the government-leased Sportsmen’s Club property in Los Alamos to match those for the Forest Service, Park Service, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

“We are very concerned about the severe drought and weather conditions that are affecting the southwest,” LASO Manager Kevin Smith said. “We just can’t afford to take a chance right now on causing a fire that could rapidly spread to other areas.”

In a

Officials Break Ground on Interagency Fire Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-49

on June 27, 2012 - 2:03pm

Dignitaries broke ground Tuesday morning on an Interagency Fire Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Technical Area-49. The 6,400 square foot facility will serve as a joint coordination and response center for fire events around the area. From left, Ray Todd, associate regional director for Facilities and Lands for National Park Service Intermountain Region; Rebecca Montoya, field representative for Sen.

Vehicle Accident Closes Truck Route

on June 26, 2012 - 3:05pm

Courtesy photo

A County trash truck was sideswiped this afternoon while heading down the truck route by a car going uphill. The driver of the car left his lane and collided with the trash truck.

Los Alamos Firefighters used the jaws of life to remove the driver from his car. LAFD is transporting him to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries.

The gas tank on the trash truck punctured and leaked some fuel onto the ground where the accident occurred.

Hazmat is removing the fuel spill and the vehicles are in the process of being towed from the area.

Officials expect that by

Updates for Fires Burning Near Chimayo

on June 25, 2012 - 3:36pm
West Arroyo Alamo Fire
Start Date & Time: 6/24/12 @ 7 p.m.
Start Location: West Arroyo Alamo Road (near MM 6 State Road 76), La Puebla, Santa Fe County
Cause of Fire: Under investigation
Area Vegetation: Bosque, dense salt cedar undergrowth
Acres Burned: estimated 3.1
Ownership(s): Private
Structures Threatened: No
Structures Burned: Unknown
Evacuations (Y or N & #): No
Situation: Roads are open at this time, but area residents are asked to use caution due to emergency vehicle traffic in the area.

Fire Reported Between Espanola and Chimayo

on June 24, 2012 - 7:58pm

FIRE News:

Crews from Santa Fe County are responding to a fire reported at 6 p.m. today in the bosque between Espanola and Chimayo that has burned more than two acres.

Crews report the fire is crowning in the cottonwood trees and burning dense salt cedar undergrowth near Mile Marker 6 at Road 76 in the Chimayo area at the Rio Arriba County line.

Structures are threatened and evacuations have been reported in the area, possibly for a two-mile radius around the fire.

No shelter information has been released at this point, but residents are being told to head south, according to fire


Continued Drought Forces Stage II Fire Restrictions Effective Today

on June 15, 2012 - 7:13am

LAFD News:



  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire.
  • Smoking.
  • Using fireworks, explosives or other incendiary devices.
  • Operating a chainsaw, or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, is prohibited.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • Possessing or using a motor vehicle off roads on federal lands, except

Colorado Peak and Bear Springs Fires are History!

on June 12, 2012 - 8:50pm

SFNF News:

Below you will find an evening fire update for the Colorado Peak and Bear Springs fires:

Colorado Peak: 246 acres,100 percent contained. The Colorado Peak fire is located on the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe NF; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport

Bear Springs: 622 acres, 95 percent contained. No change. The Bear Springs fire is located on the Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe NF; 6 miles NE of Ponderosa and 6 miles SE of Jemez Springs.


Fire and Water: The Las Conchas Fire

on June 11, 2012 - 11:03pm

Column by State Representative Jim Hall

On June 4 and 5, I attended a conference “Impacts and Lessons Learned from the Las Conchas Fire,” sponsored by New Mexico’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR-- 

NM EPSCoR is funded by the National Science Foundation, and this year their focus was to research the impacts of climate change on Northern New Mexico water resources.

The Las Conchas Fire broadened their focus to the environmental impacts of wildfire--with water and water quality as an important subtext. 

The Whitewater-Baldy Complex

Bradbury Invites Public to Share Personal Fire Stories

on June 11, 2012 - 4:14pm

Courtesy/Bradbury Science Museum

Interactive exhibit opens June 13

Beginning Wednesday June 13, the public is invited to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Bradbury Science Museum to take part in “Living With Wildfire: Share Your Stories.”

The museum will host an opening reception from 3:30-6 p.m. for the general public.

Nearly one year ago, the Las Conchas Fire burned in forest areas surrounding LANL and forced a one-week closure.

The wildfire spared the Laboratory but it affected thousands of residents in Northern New Mexico.

The exhibit provides an opportunity for people to

Little Bear Fire Consumes Nearly 35,000 Acres

on June 11, 2012 - 10:07am


The Little Bear Fire sparked by lightning June 4 near Ruidoso in the Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest remains o percent contained.

The massive blaze has burned some 34,651 acres of mixed conifer and ponderosa pine and destroyed about 35 structures as of this morning.

There are currently eight Type 1 and Type 2 crews comprised of 429 firefighters battling this inferno with 47 fire engines, seven water tenders, five dozers and two Type 1 helicopters.

Road Closures:

  • N.M. 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, east and west;
  • N.M.

Colorado Peak and Bear Springs Fires Holding Despite Red Flag Conditions

on June 10, 2012 - 8:01am

Both the Colorado Peak and Bear Springs fires held Friday despite red flag conditions - hot, dry and windy weather.

Firefighters continue mop-up operations. Mop-up operations consist of putting out or removing burning material that’s near containment lines, cutting down standing dead trees and creating cup trenches to prevent debris from rolling onto unburned vegetation.

Colorado Peak: 246 acres, 95 percent contained. The Colorado Peak Fire is located on the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport.

Bear Springs: 622


BREAKING NEWS: Los Alamos Fire Department Imposes Local Restrictions Effective this Evening

on June 8, 2012 - 4:55pm

LAFD News:

Effective this evening, the Los Alamos Fire Department will be posting signs and taping off fire rings and grills in locations throughout Los Alamos County.

Some locations in specific parks that are yet to be determined may remain open due to the location of such device in relation to safety distances from combustible and flammable material.

These will be marked accordingly.

State Restriction Notice:


Due to abnormally warm

Friday Fire Restrictions Affect 21 Counties

on June 7, 2012 - 9:18pm

NM State Forestry Wildland News:

Due to high fire danger across parts of the state, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary John Bemis and State Forester Tony Delfin today announced restrictions on fireworks, smoking, campfire and open-fires for all or portions of 21 counties.

The restrictions will go into effect at 8 a.m. Friday, June 8.

“Very high fire danger exists across much of western and parts of central New Mexico,” Delfin
said. “I’m urging all residents in the areas affected to follow the restriction guidelines to protect lives and property in their