County Update And Scenes From Cajete Fire

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 animals from the Cajete Fire. The information was recently received from the Los Alamos Police Department and the Animal Shelter.

LAPD Intake Report:

  • 2 parakeets;
  • 2 guinea pigs;
  • 1 rabbit;
  • 24 chickens;
  • 5 dogs;
  • 5 goats; and
  • 5 ducks.

Residents interested in providing food, services, etc, for any of the above are still being directed to call LAPD Dispatch at 505.662.8222. Dispatch will take down the individual’s name and phone number and note what they would be willing to provide, and then a Public Service Aide will contact them with needs once more information is available.

The Animal Shelter asks for residents to be patient as staff at the Shelter are still assessing the situation.

Note: An update on the Cajete Fire from the State Fire Service will be published in the Los Alamos Daily Post as soon as it becomes available.


The road to Jemez Springs is closed until further notice. Photo by John McHale/

Fire danger is high. Photo by John McHale/


The state police were out to enforce the road closure. Photo by John McHale/ 

LAFD Firefighter Andres Madueno waters down a hot spot near Bennett Road on N.M. 4. Photo by John McHale/ 


A LAFD firefighter looks for hot spots along N.M. 4. Photo by John McHale/ 


A reconnaissance helicopter makes a low pass to check out the results of a fire retardant drop in the canyon. Photo by John McHale/ 


A large tanker jet used to drop fire retardant on the Cajete Fire. Photo by John McHale/ 


A small inserting fire shows the strange way that a fire can burn. Photo by John McHale/


The burn area along N.M. 4 shows that the fire is primarily a ground fire. Photo by John McHale/