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SFNF: Prescribed Burn In Pacheco Canyon Underway

Prescribed burn underway today in Pacheco Canyon. File photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Favorable conditions today allowed fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest to proceed with the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed pile burn on the Española Ranger District.

The 106-acre pile burn is part of the larger Pacheco Canyon Forest Resiliency Project, a 2,042-acre forest restoration project that was instrumental in keeping the lightning-caused Medio Fire from crossing Forest Road (FR) 102 and threatening significant values at risk, including the Santa Fe ski basin and municipal


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SFNF: Prescribed Pile Burn Planned For Pacheco Canyon

The previously planned Pacheco Canyon prescribed pile burn on the Española Ranger District may begin as early as next week if forecasted favorable conditions indeed occur. File photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including forecasted snow over the weekend, to implement the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed pile burn on the Española Ranger District as early as next week.

The 106-acre pile burn is part of the larger Pacheco Canyon Forest Resiliency Project, a 2,042-acre forest restoration


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Glorieta Camps Winter Season Prescribed Burning Planned To Improve Forest Health And Reduce Wildfire Risk

Prescribed burns are planned as early as Jan. 11 at Glorieta Camps west of the village of Pecos. Courtesy photo

FSG News:

SANTA FE — Glorieta Camps, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild (FSG) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including moisture levels, air quality, wind direction, and weather forecasts, and initiate prescribed burning at Glorieta Camps as early as Jan. 11.

Glorieta Camps is west of the village of Pecos. The burning will occur throughout the winter as conditions allow.

This burn will be implemented by the All Hands All Lands


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Survey Says … County Gets Strong Marks Overall

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, left, and Fire Chief Troy Hughes and their departments receive high marks from the community in a recent County Survey. Courtesy/LAC

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Last year Los Alamos County surveyed residents on how they thought local government is doing. The County recently released the survey results and overall, residents gave the County strong marks.

The survey is conducted biannually, Los Alamos County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger said. The 2020 survey had about 600 participants, who were


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SFNF: Cuba District Plans Pile Burns To Reduce Fuels

Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District plan prescribed pile burns between now and March 31 to reduce fuels, restore wildlife habitat and improve forest health. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are looking for optimal windows to implement planned prescribed pile burns between now and March 31 to reduce fuels, restore wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

The planned units are the 379-acre Ojitos pile burn a mile east of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp and the 90-acre Poso/Sanchez pile burn east


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Bandelier National Monument Plans Winter Prescribed Burns  

Prescribed pile burns are starting as early as Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

The National Park Service plans to implement prescribed pile burns in Bandelier National Monument starting as early as Wednesday, Jan. 6, and continuing through the end of winter as conditions allow or until completion.

The prescribed burns will occur in previously thinned areas where materials have been piled for burning.

The burn operations will be completed in phases over several days depending on weather and fuel conditions.  

The purpose of these burns is to reduce hazardous


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On The Job In Los Alamos: Firefighters, Police, Emergency Dispatchers Working To Keep The Community Safe

Los Alamos County Firefighters on the job keeping the community safe during Christmas week, from left, Daniel Sanchez, Shane Grano, Roberto Ortega, Christopher Salinas, Zach Schriver, Luke Washburn, Adrian Martinez, Adam Martinez and Joel Peltier at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Cpl. Amos Smith on the job keeping the community safe. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Dispatcher II Susie Feiertag, left, and Dispatcher I Jourdin Beaulieu at the Los Alamos Police Department. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos firefighters, from


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Los Alamos Fire Department Awarded International Accredited Agency Status With CFAI

Gathered in a virtual format Tuesday to answer questions from CFAI, from left, Management Analyst Xavier Anderson, Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald, Accreditation Manager Norma Jean Valdez, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and IAFF Local 3279 President Bertram Quintana. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos County Fire Department has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program.

The Los Alamos Fire Department is one of 280 agencies


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SFNF Looking For Window To Implement La Cueva, East Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burns Dec. 14, 2020-March 31, 2021

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are looking at a potential window between Dec. 14, 2020 and March 31, 2021, to implement the previously announced burns to reduce the risk of wildfire.

The 133-acre La Cueva pile burn approximately 5 miles west of Pecos on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is designed to remove woody debris from a previously thinned area. Winter is an optimal time to burn slash piles because snow on the ground keeps the fire from spreading to adjacent vegetation.

Generally, pile burns produce less smoke and burn with less intensity than


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Los Alamos County Asks For Help To Prevent Trash Fires

Materials such as hot ashes and lithium batteries can cause trash fires. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

What residents throw into their trash can ignite and have devastating results. Materials such as hot ashes and lithium batteries are items that can cause trash fires in trash roll carts at the Eco Station or landfill.

Residents can help Los Alamos County prevent fires by disposing of hot ashes and lithium batteries properly.

People often misjudge how long it takes hot ashes to fully extinguish. The best way to ensure hot ashes are ready for disposal is to douse the ashes thoroughly with water before


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