SFNF Hiring Temporary Workers For 2023 Fire, Field Season

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is hiring temporary positions for the 2023 season.

Proposed start dates would be in April 2023. Applications are only accepted through, beginning Thursday, Sept. 29 through Thursday,  Oct. 6. 

Review the job announcement carefully for deadlines and required information to include in your application.

To find contact information and learn more about the positions advertised on the SFNF and across the Southwestern Region and find helpful hiring tips and resources and information about benefits, visit the Southwest Read More

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions Partners To Implement Broadcast Burn On Private Land In McKinley County

CGE News:

SANTA FE — Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions is partnering with the Forest Stewards Guild (the Guild), The Ember Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, McKinley County, and a diverse group of collaborators to implement a broadcast burn on up to 120 acres of private land in McKinley County this fall season.

Ignitions are expected to be conducted over 2-3 days with potential smoke impacts over 4 days.

Patrolling of the burn area will continue as needed. The burn team will select specific ignition days based upon current fuel moisture and weather at the burn site, as well as future forecasts. The Read More

Los Alamos Fire Department Recruiting For Fire Academy 31

The LAFD Training Division provides for and maintains the department’s preparedness for incident management, fire suppression and investigations, wildland and urban interface fire fighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, high angle and confined space rescue, incident reporting and computer training, and other emergency and non-emergency services that occur in our service delivery area. The Department has one full time training officers with fire service, instructional, methodology training. They coordinate the centralized and decentralized performance-based Read More

Final Closure Order Terminated On Cerro Pelado Burned Area

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today rescinded the Jemez National Recreation Area flood risk closure order that was implemented after the Cerro Pelado Fire, effective at 8 a.m.

With the termination of Order 10-515, the public can now access popular recreation sites adjacent to NM Highway 4, including:


  • Battleship Rock;
  • East Fork Trail 137 between the Jemez Falls Trailhead and Battleship Rock;
  • Soda Dam;
  • Bluffs Fishing Access;
  • Spanish Queen Picnic Area;
  • Vista Linda Campground;
  • River’s Bend Fishing Access;
  • San Diego Fishing Access;
  • Las Casitas Fishing Access;
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SFNF: Post-Fire Recovery Effort Includes Firewood Deliveries To Communities

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe and Carson national forests have been working this summer to provide free wood to community partners in areas affected by the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire and related closures.

Eight local community-based entities entered into agreements with the Forest. More partners and volunteers stepped up to help deliver wood or host a community wood distribution site.

“We are trying to use all the tools available to us to provide fuelwood relief to communities during post-fire recovery,” Carson Forest Supervisor James Duran said, who is also the acting forest supervisor Read More

Final Update On Calf Canyon-Hermits Peak Fire

Map of the Calf Canyon Fire. Courtesy/SFNF 

SFNF News:

TAOS — The Type 2 Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5 will transfer management of the Calf Canyon-Hermits Peak Fire to a Type 3 Incident Management Team at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

Downsizing from a Type 2 organization to a Type 3 is a result of the work accomplished by the SWA IMT Team 5.

NOTE: This will be the final update unless something significant occurs on this incident.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: There is an Open House for residents impacted by the Calf Canyon-Hermits Peak Fire, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 15, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center (1751 Read More

Applications To Fire Academy 31 Close Sept. 26

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos County Fire Department (LAFD) is seeking applicants who possess the drive, dedication and physical ability to succeed through the academy and join the team.

Applications for Academy 31 close Sept. 26 and the Academy starts Nov. 28.

About LAFD:

LAFD is one of the largest career fire departments in the State of New Mexico and operates in the smallest county in New Mexico at 109 square miles. LAFD was originally organized under the Manhattan Project in April 1943 and initially served the community with 7 civilian firefighters and 25 volunteer firefighters.

Military services Read More

Scenes Of Evacuation Underway At Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe

Scene of an evacuation underway this morning at Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe at 1789 Central Ave. Deputy Police Chief Oliver Morris told the Los Alamos Daily Post that firefighters are on scene investigating the source of a strange odor, which caused the evacuation. Check back as more details become available at Photo by John McHale/

Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe owner Ruby Alexander speaks with a firefighter this morning inside her eatery Central and 20th where an investigation is underway into the source of a strange odor permeating the area. Photo by John McHale/ Read More

Governor Signs Emergency Declaration For Hidalgo County Due To Severe Flooding

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday announced that she has signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Hidalgo County due to recent severe flooding, making available additional funding and state resources for affected communities.

The emergency declaration comes after monsoon rain events that began in August have resulted in flooding that broke the all-time record water level for the Gila River water gauge near the Village of Virden and resulted in damage to both private and public property.

The executive order provides Read More

Wildfire Preparedness Is Year-Round: Don’t ‘Fall’ Behind

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Fall is not the time to fall behind on wildfire preparedness. Although much of New Mexico has seen a robust monsoon season, large wildfires in other parts of the country have created competition for firefighting resources at the national level.

The national wildland fire preparedness level is currently at 4 out of a possible 5, which means approximately 80 percent of all incident management teams and firefighting personnel are committed to incidents, and some fires may last until winter snow falls, putting additional stress on exhausted personnel.

The Santa Fe National Read More