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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

FBI: Navajo Man Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

on June 19, 2017 - 10:44am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Zachariah Nez, 19, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock pleaded guilty June 15 in federal court in Albuquerque to a voluntary manslaughter charge.
 
The plea agreement recommends a prison sentence within the range of six to 11 years followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
 
Nez was arrested in October 2016 on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo man Oct. 17, 2016 on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County.

National Amateur Radio Field Day June 24-25

on June 19, 2017 - 9:25am
LAARC News:
 
The Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the National Amateur Radio Field Day exercise June 24-25 at the North Mesa Picnic Ground off North Mesa Road in Los Alamos.
 
Ham radio operators across North America will be operating noon Saturday to noon Sunday using generator, solar and battery power equipment in order to make radio contacts during this 24 hour emergency preparedness exercise.
 
The public is invited to attend and see a demonstration of the Radio Amateur’s skills and readiness in providing self-supporting communications when infrastructure is

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:

Summer Road Rage Risk Reduction Check-List

on June 19, 2017 - 7:31am

Photo by Nabeel Syed

 

By STEVE KARDIAN, Instructor
Certified FBI Defensive Tactics
 
If you drive on our nation’s roadways on a regular basis, your chances of being involved in a road rage incident are very high.
 
Road rage can be triggered through a gesture, such as being flipped off, by being cut off or through tailgating. It can lead to serious physical injury and even death. Most of the minor events go unreported.
 
There is something about being behind the wheel of a car that can prompt rage or aggression in even the mildest mannered people.

Regional Coalition Discusses LANL's Small Business Program Support And Waste Classifications Overview

on June 19, 2017 - 7:21am
RCLC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hosted its regular Board Meeting June 9 in the Española Council Chambers.
 
The meeting focused its discussion on the efforts of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Small Business Program Office and how it supports local contractors to do business with LANL and other federal programs.

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

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

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.

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

Undersheriff John N. Horne Has Died

on June 16, 2017 - 6:43pm

Undersheriff John N. Horne

From Sheriff Marco Lucero:

It is with deep regret and sadness that I announce the passing of Los Alamos County Undersheriff John N. Horne.

Undersheriff Horne was found by his father early this afternoon in his home.

Undersheriff Horne was an honorable man who serve the community. His Christian faith was his anchor, and we know that he is being welcomed into the Kingdom.

I ask for your good thoughts and prayers for his surviving father John L. Horne to help him in his grief.

Car Crashes Into Metal Fence Near NMB&T Thursday

on June 16, 2017 - 5:58pm

A woman appeared to be unharmed after crashing into this metal fence Thursday morning between New Mexico Bank & Trust and Subway sandwich shop at 1370 Central Ave. She told officers at the scene that her gas pedal got stuck on carpet and she couldn't stop. Her front tire came to rest on the hood of a black suv parked below. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A.

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

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