SFNF: Take Care Of Santa Fe National Forest This Fourth Of July Weekend No Fireworks, No Campfires, Leave No Trace

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is preparing for big crowds this Fourth of July holiday weekend as more and more people seek solace from COVID-19 in nature

All are welcome, but if you plan to spend the holiday camping, hiking or otherwise enjoying your public lands, please do so responsibly.

Although the monsoons are expected soon, New Mexico is still in fire season. Moderate to severe drought conditions with well-below-normal rainfall and above-average temperatures translate to elevated fire risk across northern New Mexico, and fire managers do not expect that to


SFNF Issues Closure Order For Winsor Ridge Fire

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has issued a closure order today for recreation sites, Forest Service roads and trails, and areas within the Pecos Wilderness impacted by the Winsor Ridge Fire, which began Friday.

The closure order protects  public health and safety during fire operations.

The closure order is in effect 6 a.m. today until the Incident Command Post for the Winsor Ridge Fire is demobilized or until it is rescinded earlier.

The order applies to the following areas:

Recreation sites:

  • Cowles Ponds Fishing Site
  • Cowles Parking Areas
  • Cowles Campground
  • Winsor


Friday Marked Nine Years Since Las Conchas Fire

Scene of the Las Conches Fire June 26, 2011, which ultimately burned 156,593 acres. Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

Friday marked the 9th anniversary of the Las Conches Fire, which began June 26, 2011 when a tree fell on a power line 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos.

The fire spread quickly, burning more than 40,000 acres its first day.

By the time it was contained at the end of the month, the fire burned 156,593 acres. At the time it was the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.

Las Conches Destruction:

  • Damaged or destroyed 80 homes as well as numerous outbuildings;
  • Completely destroyed 10 vehicles;
  • Forced


Los Alamos County Fire Marshal Wendy Servey Issues Reminder On Use Of Fireworks As 4th Of July Approaches

Fire Marshal Wendy Servey


With the upcoming Independence Day holiday just a week away, Los Alamos County Fire Marshal Wendy Servey reminds the community about the urgent need to observe basic rules and safety guidelines when using fireworks in Los Alamos County.

“We have enjoyed some afternoon rain showers this week,” Servey said, “but our fire danger threat is still fluctuating between Moderate to High, and the surrounding forested areas are very dry. We’re urging the public to make this July 4th a safe and happy holiday. Don’t let your Independence Day activities turn tragic


Los Alamos Historical Society Publishes New Book ‘Resilience And Renewal’ By Local Author Teralene Foxx

Los Alamos

Mid-June the book Resilience and Renewal was published and is now on the Historical Society Website.

The May anniversary date of the Cerro Grande Fire has passed. Twenty years ago the Cerro Grande fire changed the community, many lives, and the ecosystem.

The book, Resilience and Renewal is a continuation of a series previously written on the Cerro Grande Fire: Lest We Forget (2001) and Touched by Fire (2010).

The present book represents a perspective of people interviewed 20 years past the event.

The book includes interviews of people who had lost homes, those evacuated,


Wildfires, Air Quality, COVID-19: How They Relate And What To Expect In 2020

Firefighters and the U.S. Fire Service preemptively work to maintain forests and help prevent larger spreads of fires during the spring season. Courtesy/AFD

AFD News:

As we approach summer, most of the Western U.S. has faced a pretty dry winter and the country is preparing for yet another volatile fire season.

Even though COVID-19 has improved air quality, many parts of our infrastructure and economy have faced huge disruptions.

Wildfires could quickly change pollution levels and cause air quality to plummet, affecting those with predisposed conditions and creating challenges to our respiratory


Scenes Of Accident At Bottom Of Main Hill Road Today

Scene of a one-vehicle accident this afternoon at the bottom of the Main Hill Road. Witnesses rushed to the vehicle, opened the door and said that the driver was able to climb out on his own. A witness told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the driver was tailgating him all the way down the hill, at times swerving a bit. Just before the turn-off to White Rock the driver gunned it to 50-60 mph driving around the witness, lost control, veered down the slope of the overpass and across the roadway where he smashed into a Jersey Barrier nearly head on. Courtesy photo

Firefighters douse the vehicle with foam. The


BLM Asks Public’s Help Preventing Human-Caused Wildfires

BLM News:

BOISE, Idaho – The arrival of vacation season and increasing wildfire activity with hot, dry summer weather in the West is prompting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ask the public to help prevent wildland fires, the majority of which are caused by people.

The Southwest and Alaska are currently experiencing fire activity, with numerous large wildfires occurring, and other states may experience significant wildfire activity over the next few months.

“Every year, human-caused wildfires comprise approximately 87 percent of all wildfire ignitions across the country, posing


NMDOH, NMED Issue Smoke Advisory For Most Of State

SANTA FE –The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Environment Department today issue a smoke advisory for the Rio Grande Valley from Taos to Las Cruces and all surrounding communities from 9 p.m. through noon tomorrow, June 19 due to smoke from multiple wildfires burning in Arizona and southwest New Mexico.
Smoke from wildfires may cause people to have more severe reactions if they are infected with COVID-19.
If you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. Learn more about how smoke affects those sick with