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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

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/


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


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.

DOE Releases Full Text Of EM’s FY18 Budget Request

on June 17, 2017 - 9:12am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  DOE released Wednesday the full text of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Congressional Budget Request of $6.5 billion for EM. Access the document here
This marks EM’s largest budget request in a decade, and provides the resources necessary to continue making safe, steady and significant progress in tackling the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. 
EM’s FY 2018 request provides the resources necessary to achieve progress on the facilities and capabilities necessary to tackle

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.

Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum June 22-23

on June 17, 2017 - 6:58am

Distinguished Professor John Haught from Georgetown University is coming to Los Alamos June 22-23 to help answer the question,‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ Courtesy photo


“Why is there something rather than nothing?” This question is posed by two scientists in this month’s issue of Physics Today. This question also intrigues the members of the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum ( and they have invited noted theologian, Distinguished Professor John Haught from Georgetown University, to Los Alamos to help answer it.

Professor Haught will be

Udall, Heinrich Advance Legislation To Address Drought Challenges In New Mexico

on June 17, 2017 - 6:51am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of water management across the state.
The New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act is derived from policy recommendations generated by a variety of stakeholders from New Mexico including conservancy districts, farmers, ranchers, Tribes, municipalities, and others that collaborated to put together proposals to help New Mexico deal with future water supply challenges.
At the request of Senators Udall and

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/

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/ 

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

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/  


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

Science Of The Solstice Talk At Nature Center June 20

on June 16, 2017 - 7:33am

Celebrate the longest day of the year with a talk on the Science of the Solstice June 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Want to learn more about the longest day of the year? Come to the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium for a presentation on the Science of the Solstice at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20.

Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the astronomical significance of the sun, summer solstice, and its resulting seasons. If weather holds, he will also bring out his solar telescope.

Wallace has a Ph.D.