Filming At Pajarito Mountain Producing Smoke – No Fire

COUNTY News:

Do not be alarmed if smoke appears to be coming directly from Pajarito Mountain this week. It is a special effect for a scene simulating a wildland fire for “Granite Mountain,” a motion picture based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.

“Granite Mountain” will be on location at Pajarito Mountain through Wednesday, June 29.

The smoke produced for all fire scenes is a natural, water-based compound that produces a vapor that looks like real smoke, complete with black and grey components. The fire itself will be added in post-production with computer generated imagery.

All filming at Pajarito Mountain is being conducted under the supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Wildland Division.

Public access to Pajarito Mountain Resort and Camp May during this time will be impacted as follows:

Camp May Road

Sunday, June 19 (noon) – Wednesday, June 29 (5 a.m.) – Open to the public.

Camp May

  • Sunday, June 19 (noon) – Saturday, Jun 25 (noon) – Closed to the public.
  • Saturday, June 25 (noon) – Sunday, June 26 (noon) – Reservations and public access open.
  • Sunday, June 26 (noon) – Wed., June 29 (5 a.m.) – Closed to the public.
  • Wednesday, June 29 (5 a.m.) – Open to the public per normal conditions and hours.

Pajarito Mountain Resort Lower Parking Lot

  • Sunday, June 19 (noon) – Wednesday, June 29 (5 a.m.) – Closed to public.
  • Wednesday, June 29 (5 a.m.) – Open to the public per normal conditions and hours.

Pajarito Mountain Cafe

  • Wednesday, June 22 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) – Open to the public.
  • Thursday, June 23 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) – Closed to the public.
  • Friday, June 24 (ALL DAY) – Closed to the public.
  • Sunday, June 26 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) – Open to the public.
  • Wednesday, June 29 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) – Open to the public.

Pajarito Mountain lower parking lot not available to public during this time.

Pajarito Mountain Bike & Hike

  • Sun., June 26 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) – Open to the public. Lift-served biking and hiking available.

Pajarito Mountain lower parking lot not available to public during this time.

“Granite Mountain” will be filming throughout the summer in locations in neighborhoods and facilities in Los Alamos and White Rock. Media releases and updates regarding film activity will be posted on the Los Alamos County website (www.losalamosnm.us/ecodev) and on the Los Alamos County Facebook page.

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