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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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Bandelier To Begin Pile Burning As Conditions Allow

A prescribed burn may begin as early as Feb. 19 ng N.M. 4 throughout Bandelier. Courtesy photo

BANDELIER News:

With favorable conditions for pile and prescribed burning present, the fire crew at Bandelier National Monument is planning to burn up to 172 acres of piled fuel materials along N.M. 4 throughout Bandelier.

This prescribed burn may begin as early as Feb. 19 and will continue through the winter months as conditions allow. A few days of ignitions are expected.

Smoke may be visible from N.M. 4 and Los Alamos. Little to no smoke impacts are anticipated to nearby communities. No road closures


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Glorieta Camps Prescribed Burn Planned Feb. 18

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Glorieta Camps, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, and initiate a prescribed burn as early as Feb. 18 at Glorieta Camps, west of Pecos.

This burn will be implemented by the All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team), which is a fully qualified team designed to lead or support prescribed burns across a variety of land jurisdictions in the Water Fund landscapes of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

This


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BLM: Prescribed Burns Near Tres Piedras And Cerro

BLM News:

TAOS – Beginning Feb. 1 and continuing for up to 30 days, the Bureau of Land Management will be conducting prescribed burns in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument on the Guadalupe Mountains, located 1 mile south of Cerro.

Smoke may be visible from highways NM 522, U.S. 285 and U.S. 64.

The goal of this project is to 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 fire-dependent


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SFNF Cuba District Plans Prescribed Pile Burns

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement the Ojitos and Poso/Sanchez prescribed pile burns sometime between Jan. 13 and March 31.

The timing will be dependent on favorable conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts.

The pile burns are designed to remove woody debris from fuels reduction project areas.

The Ojitos pile burn, located 1 mile east of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp, totals 379 acres, and the 90-acre Poso/Sanchez pile burn is east of


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NM Lawmakers Support Fire Suppression Tax Credit

EDD News:
 
SANTA FE An interim committee of the New Mexico Legislature has voted to support an initiative of the Economic Development Department that would make it easier to redevelop old and abandoned buildings in rural downtowns.
 
The Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee voted 9 to 4 Wednesday to endorse the Main Street Fire Suppression Tax Credit, a rebate that can be claimed after property owners install fire suppression equipment in older buildings.
 
Many of the older buildings in rural MainStreet downtown districts are passed over for redevelopment because

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Chief Troy Hughes Discusses LAFD At Rotary Meeting

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes speaking Tuesday at the Rotary meeting at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Nancy Cerutti

ROTARY News:

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, who celebrates his 35th year in his fire service career in February, spoke at the Tuesday meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

He described the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) and its role in the community and at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 

Going back to 1997, LAFD was one of the first five fire departments to earn international accreditation. The Department’s guiding principles


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On The Job In Los Alamos: Assisting First Responders

On the job Monday at Fire Station 3 in White Rock is Carl Russell, DMin, MA, LPCC a volunteer from the New Mexico Crisis Support Team (NMCST). Russell offered to facilitate a critical incident debriefing for local first responders involved in the recent tragedies in Los Alamos and White Rock. The NMCST is comprised of 15 volunteer mental health professionals, clergy and peer support personnel who have received special training to intervene with individuals who have experienced a critical incident or traumatic event. Learn more here. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

 


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SFNF: Hyde Park, Pacheco Canyon Prescribed Burns

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement the previously announced prescribed pile burns in Pacheco Canyon and Hyde Park as early as today if conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, remain favorable.
 
The pile burns are designed to remove woody debris from the Pacheco Canyon and Hyde Park fuels reduction project areas. The Pacheco Canyon pile burn is off Forest Road 102 east of Tesuque Pueblo, and the Hyde Park pile burn is near Black

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