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Cajete Fire Morning Update: 416 Personnel ... 1,412 Acres Burned, 87 Percent Contained

on June 20, 2017 - 10:07am
A burning log Monday night in the Cajete Fire lights up unburned mixed conifer in the Jemez. Scattered small ground fires are still burning, and there are aircraft supporting final containment efforts. © 2017 David A. Ponton/wildearthlight.com
 
Small ground fires light up the lower level of unburned ponderosa pine forest in the Cajete Fire under Monday's starry night sky in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline fighting the Cajete Fire in the Jemez today anticipate minimal fire activity.

The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a

Final Evening Update On Cajete Fire: Size: 1,412 Acres ... Containment: 85 Percent

on June 19, 2017 - 10:00pm

SFNF News:

Note: This is the last evening update. Future updates will be sent out once a day.

Today crews on the fireline observed minimal fire activity. Heavy dead and down timber continues to burn in the interior of fire. The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak. The standing dead trees in this area, left by the 2011 Las Conchas fire, can fall suddenly, making this area too dangerous for firefighters to enter.

Cajete Fire Update: Containment Holding At 80 Percent

on June 19, 2017 - 10:54am

Scene from the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

Scene from the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline Sunday night observed minimal fire activity. Heavy dead and down timber continues to burn in the interior of fire. 

Scene from the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/wildearthlight.com

The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak. 

The

County Update On Cajete Fire Evacuated Animals

on June 19, 2017 - 10:10am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County just issued an update on evacuation efforts for animals displaced by the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez.

Several dogs have already been reunited with their owners and housing continues for a variety of other animals.

Owners are asked to stop by the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter and pick up their animals if they are able to return home at this point, or, to call the Animal Shelter 505-662.8179 and give the staff an anticipated pick up time.

Famine To Feast Volunteers Aid Cajete Fire Effort

on June 19, 2017 - 7:54am

Fire Chief Lee Taylor shakes hands with Famine to Feast co-founder Jaret McDonald and thanks all the volunteers for their efforts to collect supplies for the firefighters working the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Anyone interested in helping with the effort should call Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222. Courtesy photo

Famine to Feast volunteers deliver supply for the firefighters working the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez. Anyone interested in helping with the effort should call the Los Alamos Police Dispatch Center at 505.662.8222. Courtesy photo

Famine to Feast News:

Daily Postcard: White Rock Honors Fire Cadets

on June 19, 2017 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: The rock in White Rock pays tribute Sunday to the Los Alamos Fire Department's 27th academy graduating class of cadets. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Cajete Fire Evening Update: 424 Personnel ... 1,400 Acres Burned ... 80 Percent Contained

on June 19, 2017 - 1:08am

Cajete Fire smoke plume Friday in the Jemez. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

SFNF News:

The El Cajete Fire has burned 1,400 acres since igniting Thursday morning in the Jemez. There are now 424 personnel battling the blaze, which this evening is 80 percent contained.

Location:

  • The Cajete Fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Letter To The Editor: Huge KUDOS To Firefighters

on June 18, 2017 - 11:10pm
By DIMAS M. CHAVEZ
Former resident of Los Alamos

Once AGAIN, huge KUDOS to the firefighters involved with the Cajete Fire in the Jemez for its containment, and all their hard work in preserving as much as possible of the lovely area of the Jemez.

 

More Campfires Left Abandoned In Forest ... Meanwhile Cajete Fire Bill In Four Days Reaches $1.4 Million

on June 18, 2017 - 10:58pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As more than 300 people continued to battle the 1,400-acre Cajete Fire that sparked last Thursday from an abandoned campfire, the already-overloaded fire team on the Santa Fe National Forest was forced to respond to more abandoned campfires today.

As of 2 p.m., at least three had been reported to the dispatch center.

With record high temperatures, no moisture and possible lightning strikes in the forecast, Northern New Mexico is a tinderbox.

Cajete Fire Morning Update: 1,367 Acres Burned, 65 Percent Contained ... N.M. 4 Reopens At Noon Today

on June 18, 2017 - 11:55am

Image from a Goes-16 satellite shows smoke Saturday from large fires active in New Mexico and Arizona. The El Cajete Fire in the Jemez has burned 1,367 acres since igniting Thursday and is now 65 percent contained. Courtesy/Wildfire Today NASA

SFNF News:

The El Cajete Fire has now burned 1,367 acres since it erupted Thursday morning in the Jemez. Today fire crews are patrolling and monitoring the established containment line along the northern perimeter of the fire, while additional crews construct and improve the line on the southern perimeter.

A team of firefighters will repel today

Abandoned Campfire Sparked El Cajete Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 10:14pm

An abandoned campfire sparked the El Cajete Fire Thursday in the Jemez. Photo by Jason Wardlow Herrera 

SFNF News:

Fire investigators have determined that it was an abandoned campfire that sparked the El Cajete Fire, which has consumed more than 1,300 acres since erupting Thursday in the Jemez.

The El Cajete Fire started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios. The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River and is to the west of the burn scars from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire and the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire.

State Secures Federal Funds To Fight El Cajete Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 4:15pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico has secured federal funding to help fight the Cajete Fire.

New Mexico’s request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funds through the grant will help cover costs of emergency protective measures and firefighting activities.

“Our coordinated response, through state agencies and our local partners, is working hand in hand with the Forest Service to fight the fire and protect the lives and property of New Mexicans,” Martinez said.

Update: 300 Personnel Working On El Cajete Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 3:19pm

El Cajete Fire boundary map. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

The latest news on the El Cajete Fire is that more than 300 personnel are working on it. Also, there will be a community meeting on the El Cajete Fire at 6 p.m. today at the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church, 6 Riverview Court, La Cueva.

The fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Cajete Fire started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios.

The fire area runs along the East Fork of

Hotshots Practice Near Bandelier

on June 17, 2017 - 2:56pm
Hotshots getting in some practice Friday evening near Bandelier. Photo by Greg Belyeu

El Cajete Fire From N.M. 285 Friday Night

on June 17, 2017 - 11:26am

View of the El Cajete Fire last night from N.M. 285. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

LAPS Stands Ready To Assist El Cajete Fire Evacuees

on June 17, 2017 - 11:19am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) stands ready to assist residents being evacuated from their homes due to El Cajete Fire near Jemez Springs.

With more than 200 people displaced, LAPS expresses empathy and understanding of this difficult situation. The Los Alamos Middle School is availble to provide relief for evacuees who may need a place for respite, showers and bathrooms.

All support activities will be coordinated with Los Alamos County, New Mexico Emergency Operations and the Red Cross.

Direct questions to the School District Office at 505.663.2222.

Morning Update: El Cajete Fire Grows To 1,315 Acres

on June 17, 2017 - 9:39am

Smoke rises in the sky from the Cajete Fire, which has burned more than 1,000 acres since igniting Thursday morning in the Jemez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

EMNRD-FORESTRY News:

This morning's update just came in on the Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez west of Los Alamos:

  • Start Date and Time: June 15 at 10:45 a.m.
  • Start Location: North of Jemez Springs, El Cajete Mine , MM 33 in the Sierra de los Pinos area
  • Cause of Fire: Unknown
  • Area Vegetation: Grass and ponderosa pine
  • Acres Burned: 1,315
  • Ownership: US Forest Service
  • Structures Threatened: Yes
  • Structures Burned: 0

Evacuations:

Jemez Ranger District Implements Stage 1 Restrictions

on June 17, 2017 - 9:38am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As crews continue to battle the Cajete Fire along N.M. 4 in the Jemez Mountains, the Santa Fe National Forest has now implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions on the southwestern side of the forest.

The Stage 1 restrictions cover the entire Jemez Ranger District and the southwestern corner of the Cuba Ranger District south of the Ranchos del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp.

The decision to impose restrictions was initially based on a rash of abandoned and unattended campfires combined with hot, dry conditions and the number of visitors expected over Father’s Day weekend.

Pinon Park Pool Staff Refresh Emergency Training Skills

on June 17, 2017 - 8:50am

White Rock Fire Station #3, Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland, left, and Emergency Management Division Chief Ben Stone, right, visit Pinon Park Pool Thursday for a staff information session. All lifeguards at Pinon Park Pool are Red-Cross certified and trained to deal with a range of emergency situations. The visit from LAFD reiterated the importance of continuously practicing their training and being prepared for any event. Courtesy photo

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Echo Amphitheatre Temporarily Closed Due To Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 7:59am

Echo amphitheater is a natural amphitheatre about 17 miles west of Abiquiú and 4 miles up the road from Ghost Ranch in Rio Arriba County. Courtesy photo

USFS News:

CANJILON—Fire officials responded Thursday night to a fire started in sagebrush within the Echo Amphitheatre parking area in the Carson National Forest near Abiquiu.

The fire is human caused and has been fully contained with minimal heat remaining.

Public safety is the number one priority and the Echo Amphitheatre day use area and campground will be closed until further notice as fire managers continue to monitor the fire.

Daily Postcard: Firetruck Hangs United States Flag

on June 17, 2017 - 6:34am

Daily Postcard: A Los Alamos County firetruck hangs the United States flag Friday morning in preparation for the Los Alamos Fire Department Cadet Academy Class #27 graduation at the White Rock Baptist Church on N.M. 4. This picture pretty much says it all about our town and our country... Photo by Christine Peters

Tonight's Wildfire Update: Cajete Fire

on June 16, 2017 - 11:13pm

The Cajete Fire runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River. Courtesy/wildfiretoday.com

SFNF News:

Location: Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Cajete Fire appears to have started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios. The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River.

Start Date: June 15, 2017     

Cause: Under investigation    

Size: 700+ acres    

Containment: 0 percent

Vegetation: Mostly ponderosa pine with some mixed conifer and

County Update And Scenes From Cajete Fire

on June 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

The fire plume of the Cajete Fire in the Jemez. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

A large helicopter making water drops today, makes a turn and disappears into the cloud of smoke. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland talks to Capt. Tracy Stidham and Danny Archuleta. The LAFD's presence at the Cajete Fire is to provide backup to the Forest Service, should it be needed, to fight structure fires if any occur and provide help with mop up. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com  

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has issued an update on the number of evacuated

ALERT: Important Message From Los Alamos County Emergency Management

on June 16, 2017 - 2:50pm

COUNTY News:

We are aware of individuals who are organizing various food and water drives for firefighters working at the Cajete fire in the Jemez Mountains. The number of phone calls and offers to assist them, as well as your response to help Los Alamos County with the evacuated animals we are receiving at the local shelter has been truly overwhelming both yesterday and today.

With the Cerro Grande and the Las Conchas fires in our history, we understand the trauma and impact that a wildfire can have on families, friends and neighbors. We all want to help.

However, we must ask for your

Update: Public Urged To Avoid Area Of Cajete Fire

on June 16, 2017 - 11:21am

Cajete Fire. Courtesy image

SFNF News:

Fire officials are urging the public to avoid the area of the Cajete Fire underway in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The Cajete Fire appears to have started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios. The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River and is to the west of the burn scars from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire and the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire.

Start Date: June 15, 2017

Cause: Unknown

Size: 700

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