Governor Lowers Flags In Mourning For New Mexico Firefighter Janet Tracy Killed In Apparent Accident

From the Office of the Governor:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this morning ordered state flags to half-staff in mourning for Janet Tracy, a volunteer firefighter in Sierra County who was killed Tuesday in an apparent accident on duty.
According to New Mexico State Police, Tracy, 59, was providing aid to a crash victim south of Truth or Consequences on Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by fire apparatus driven by a fellow volunteer. She reportedly sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene.
“I’m shaken by this horrific incident,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Volunteer


Caballo Volunteer Firefighter Dies In Tragic Accident

State News:

At approximately 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, a firefighter from the Caballo Volunteer Fire Department in Sierra County died in a tragic accident.

The firefighter was struck and severely injured when the fire apparatus was backing up to better warn and divert oncoming traffic at the scene of a one vehicle accident on Interstate 25 southbound.

Caballo Fire had been dispatched to the scene of the accident to provide aid and support. The firefighter was immediately rendered aid, but died as a result of the injuries.

New Mexico State Police investigated the incident and the firefighter


SFNF Thanks Forest Visitors For Safe Holiday Weekend

Forest Supervisor Debbie Cress

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The recent Fourth of July holiday weekend was a relatively quiet one on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), with only one abandoned campfire reported and good outdoor etiquette all around.

Perhaps it was the weather – scattered showers and thunderstorms – but popular camping areas were not packed with people, and patrols found very few issues compared to past years.

“Safety is always our first priority, and we want to thank all of our visitors who made sure that this Fourth of July was celebrated safely on the national forest,” Forest Supervisor


SFNF Rescinds Rincon Fire Closure Order

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Friday rescinded the Rincon Fire closure order that restricted access to a portion of the Pecos Wilderness to protect public health and safety during fire operations.

The closure order went into effect June 16.  

The restricted area under the closure order was roughly defined by Jacks Creek Trail #257 and Beatty’s Trail #25 on the west to Skyline Trail #251 on the north to the Pecos Wilderness boundary on the east to Lone Pine Mesa Trail #214, El Porvenir Trail #247 and Skyline Trail #251 on the south, then heading north to Iron Gate Trailhead


Highlights From County Council Meeting Tuesday Night

Council Vice Chair James Robinson, right, presents a proclamation marking the 10th anniversary of the Las Conchas Fire during Tuesday’s council meeting to, from left, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, Wildland Fire Chief Kelly Sterna, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

2021 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Las Conchas Fire, which was recognized during Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting.

Council Vice Chair James Robinson presented a proclamation for the anniversary to Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy


2021 Medal Of Valor: Preparing Compelling Nominations


BJA News:

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking nominations for the 2021 Medal of Valor—the Nation’s highest award for valor by a public safety officer.

BJA suggests using this frequently asked questions page to help prepare a compelling nomination

Who’s eligible to be nominated?

  • A “public safety officer” is a person (living or deceased) who is serving or has served in a public agency, with or without compensation, as a firefighter; law enforcement officer, including a corrections, court, or civil defense officer; or emergency services officer, as determined by


SFNF: Take Care Of The Forest This Fourth Of July Weekend, No Fireworks, Leave No Trace

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Although the early onset of monsoonal weather patterns may put a damper on some people’s plans to spend the Independence Day holiday outdoors, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expects to see a good number of campers, hikers and other visitors over the long weekend.

If you are planning to be one of them, please remember that New Mexico is still in prime wildfire season and recreate responsibly.

The recent moisture has provided some relief from the persistent drought, and forest managers lifted Stage 1 fire restrictions today ahead of the holiday weekend. With scattered


Los Alamos County Ends Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

LAFD Fire Marshal Wendy Servey


Los Alamos Fire Department Fire Marshal Wendy Servey announced today that she is ending Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for Los Alamos County, effective Wednesday, June 30.

“Thanks to recent and plentiful rainfall, our threat of wildfire has dropped considerably this week,” Servey said, adding that typically Los Alamos receives most of its annual rainfall between July and September.

“I would like to thank our residents for their support of the Stage 1 restrictions while they were in effect, and ask everyone to continue to be careful if building campfires


Kiwanis Shares Open Letter To Los Alamos Community

Scene from the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza hosted in 2019 by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/

Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos 

Open Letter To Los Alamos Community:

Many of you are wondering about the 4th of July and a Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show at Overlook Park. Even though our Kiwanis friends in Santa Fe will be hosting a fireworks show at Santa Fe Place on the 4th of July, we cannot do the same at Overlook Park at this time.

We recognize the beauty of the Overlook Park setting, but also acknowledge


Santa Fe National Forest Assumes Command Of Rincon Fire

SFNF News:

The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 will transfer command of the Rincon Fire back to the Santa Fe National Forest, led by Type 4 Incident Commander Andrew Valdez, at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

This is the final update from the Type 2 Incident Management Team. If fire activity increases, future updates will be shared by the Santa Fe National Forest. The Team extends its sincere thanks to the local communities for their support and hospitality throughout this incident.

Sunday, air operations performed additional reconnaissance flights over the Rincon Fire to monitor its behavior