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SFNF Suspends Prescribed Burns During COVID-19 Outbreak

Prescribed burns are postponed until further notice on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Fe National Forest has announced that all planned prescribed burns have been postponed until further notice. 

Potential smoke impacts to the public are always considered in prescribed fire and wildfire management.

The decision to postpone ignitions will:

  • prevent any effects from smoke that might further endanger at-risk members of our communities; and
  • reduce exposure for Forest Service employees, cooperators and other resources

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On The Job In Los Alamos: Speaking To First Responders

On the job in Los Alamos Tuesday evening is Hospital Chaplain S.S. SarbSarang K. Khalsa, speaking to the Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps. and Behavioral Health Response Team gathered at the Los Alamos Fire Administration Training Room, 999 Central Ave. Khalsa shares information about the Sikhs faith to give first responders a greater understanding when assisting people of the Sikhs community. She explains about the Five Articles of Faith, which includes a steel bracelet (Kara) that represents self-restraint and a link to God. #worklosalamos #where discoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn


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SFNF Plans Prescribed Burn On Rowe Mesa

Scene of a previous prescribed burn. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on east Rowe Mesa on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District sometime between March 16 and April 30, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, remain favorable. 

The 4,200-acre treatment area is east of State Highway 34 along Rowe Mesa, 10 miles south of Pecos, NM. Crews will use hand and aerial ignitions to reduce the risk of wildfire, recycle nutrients and improve wildlife


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SFNF: La Presa Prescribed Burn Planned March 19

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to conduct the La Presa prescribed burn on Mesa Los Indios as early as March 19.

The decision to proceed will depend on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts. 

Crews will use hand ignitions to treat the 700-acre La Presa unit, targeting jackpots of fuel with high moisture content, which will help limit fire spread and smoke.

Prescribed fire is one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring


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Prescribed Burns Begin Near Tres Piedras And Cerro

BLM News:

TAOS — Beginning today and continuing for up to 30 days, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting prescribed burns in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument on the Guadalupe Mountains south of Cerro and approximately 7 miles west on Pot Mountain.

Smoke may be visible from N.M. 522, U.S. 285 and U.S. 64. 

This project will employ management-ignited prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuel loadings that could contribute to high intensity crown fire under the right conditions.

Historic uses and active fire suppression have interrupted the natural fire regime in this


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Public Invited To Fire Preparedness Workshop April 25

COMMUNITY News:

The public is cordially invited to attend a free Fire Preparedness Workshop 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

The workshop is at the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church, 6 Riverview Court in Jemez Springs: from La Cueva, at mile marker 26 on N.M. 4, turn at the junction with N.M. 126 and travel for one mile in the direction of Fenton Lake.   

This 10th annual event is sponsored by the La Cueva District of Sandoval County Fire Rescue, Jemez Mountain Baptist Church and Jemez Mountains Firewise Communities (JMFC.) 

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Firefighter John P. Kelley Has Resigned Effective Today

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Firefighter John P. Kelley has submitted his resignation from the Los Alamos Fire Department effective today, Feb. 25, 2020.

Kelley was arrested Friday, Feb. 21 and charged with sexual exploitation of a child/possession.

Kelley had been placed on inactive duty status and placed on leave without pay, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation and in accordance with personnel policy.

Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, the County will have no other comment at this time.


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County Issues Statement On Firefighter John P. Kelley Arrest

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Firefighter John P. Kelley was arrested Friday, Feb. 21 and charged with sexual exploitation of a child/possession.

Pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation and in accordance with personnel policy, Kelley has been placed on inactive duty status and placed on leave without pay.

The County will be monitoring the situation closely and taking further administrative action as appropriate. 

Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, the County will have no other comment at this time.


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County: You Can Prevent A Trash Fire

A variety of batteries. Courtesy/hudsonwi.gov

COUNTY News:

How often do you think about what is powering your smartphone, laptop and watch?

Lithium-ion batteries are used in many everyday items because they can provide more powerful energy than other batteries and they are rechargeable. However improperly disposing of your lithium-ion battery can have hazardous and deadly results.

Lithium-ion batteries should never be tossed in your roll cart or trash bag. It could end up in a fiery disaster leaving your roll cart melted and unusable. The safest way to dispose of any battery is to bring it


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Bill To Relocate State Fire Marshal’s Office Passes House

House Democrats News:

SANTA FE — Tuesday, House Bill 386, helping better serve rural and remote communities by making location and organizational changes to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, passed the House.

Sponsored by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), the bill seeks to better equip our invaluable emergency managers and to promote public safety by moving the Fire Marshal’s Office to the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM).

House Bill 386 mirrors Senate Bill 245 sponsored by Sen. William Burt (R-Alamogordo) who has long worked on this issue.

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