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DNCU Provides Thanksgiving Meals To Firefighters

on November 29, 2019 - 9:30am

Los Alamos Firefighters busy Wednesday loading meals provided by Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) into a fire engine at Smith’s Marketplace. Each year DNCU provides meals prepared by Smith’s to firefighters working on Thanksgiving at each of the seven fire stations in Los Alamos County. For more information about this program, contact Diego Muñoz of DNCU at 915.504.4091. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

DNCU’s Kristi Salazar, left, and Diego Muñoz, right at rear, help firefighters sort out meals to be distributed to the fire stations in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Bandelier, Valles Caldera May Begin Pile Burns Sunday

on November 28, 2019 - 6:45am
NPS News:
 
With the arrival of snow providing favorable conditions for pile and prescribed burning, fire crews at Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve are planning to burn up to 300 acres of piled fuel materials along N.M. 4 throughout Bandelier and on South Mountain in the Valles Caldera.
 
These burns will begin as early as Dec. 1 and continue through the winter months as conditions allow. 
 
The parameters for implementing a prescribed burn are based upon specific assessments, agency guidelines and safety protocols.
 
Managers continuously monitor

Fire Ghosts Booksigning At Nature Center Saturday

on November 27, 2019 - 7:33am
Cover of FIRE GHOSTS, book on the Las Conchas Fire by Philip Metcalf and Patricia Galagan with writers Craig D. Allen and William deBuys. Courtesy photo
 
Photo from FIRE GHOSTS, by Philip Metcalf and Patricia Galagan with writers Craig D. Allen and William deBuys. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to a booksigning for FIRE GHOSTS, by Philip Metcalf and Patricia Galagan with writers Craig D. Allen and William deBuys 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.
 
Prints of the art are on display now.
 
The haunting

Red Cross: 20 Tips To Help Have Safe Thanksgiving

on November 27, 2019 - 6:51am
American Red Cross News:
 
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the American Red Cross offers tips to help you stay safe this holiday — which is a peak time for cooking fires and congested travel.
 
COOKING SAFETY
 
Thanksgiving is the top day for home cooking fires in the U.S., where unattended cooking is the most common cause of kitchen fires.
 
Follow the tips below, and test your smoke alarms and practice your escape plan until everyone in your household can get out in two minutes or less:
  1. Keep an eye on what you fry.

SFNF May Implement La Presa Prescribed Burn

on November 27, 2019 - 6:38am

SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire crews on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may begin blacklining the perimeter of the previously announced La Presa prescribed fire on Mesa los Indios near Forest Road 473 as early as Dec. 2.
 
The decision to proceed will depend on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather. 
 
The blacklining operation would prepare the unit for planned aerial ignitions in spring 2020. The 1,200-acre La Presa prescribed burn is designed to mimic a natural fire regime by using low-intensity fire to

SFNF: Coyote Ranger District Reports Rash Of Fires

on November 25, 2019 - 4:04pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are concerned about a rash of fires that posed a potential threat to homes in the wildland urban interface (WUI).

The cause of the fires is under investigation.

Since Oct. 31, firefighters have responded to three fires on the Coyote District:

  • The 96 Fire near NM State Road 96, which occurred in a pile of woody debris from previous fuels reduction work;
  • The 76 Fire off of Forest Road 76, which directly threatened homes on the east side of Gallina; and
  • The Wood Fire off of Forest Road 103,

Prescribed Burns Planned On Española Ranger District

on November 22, 2019 - 5:38am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement prescribed pile burns to remove woody debris from the Pacheco Canyon and Hyde Park fuels reduction projects as early as Dec. 5 if conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, remain favorable.
 
Winter is an optimal time to burn slash piles because snow on the ground keeps the fire from spreading to adjacent vegetation.

LAFD Shares Heating Fire Safety Tips

on November 17, 2019 - 6:52pm

LAFD News:

Brrr! Do the chilly temperatures have you dreaming of cozy gatherings around a brightly lit fire? Or maybe your home’s heating systems are working double time to keep you warm this winter.

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) says safety must be a top priority regardless of the type of heat source you are utilizing. Heating is the second leading cause of home fires.

Follow LAFD’s suggestions to keep your home warm and safe:

Space Heaters

“The biggest mistake is putting something too close to a heating source,” says Division Chief Joseph Baca.

Making Communities More Resilient To Wildfire Is Focus Of Thompson Ridge Slash Pit Prescribed Burn

on November 5, 2019 - 8:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are working with local communities to reduce the risk of wildfire by planning a prescribed burn at the Thompson Ridge slash pit this winter.
 
The half-acre slash pit, located at the end of Forest Road 106 just north of the community of Thompson Ridge and ten miles north of Jemez Springs, is a collaborative effort between the Jemez Ranger District and the surrounding area to promote fire-adapted communities in the wildland-urban interface (WUI).
 
WUI refers to the transition zone

SFNF: Joaquin Prescribed Burn May Begin Nov. 30

on October 31, 2019 - 8:24pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind and weather forecasts, to burn piles of woody debris on the Joaquin project area starting as early as Nov. 30.
 
The unit is approximately 648 acres and about 7 miles north of the community of Gilman west of Forest Road (FR) 376 and south of FR 534. 
 
Prescribed fire is one of the most effective tools available to restore fire-adapted ecosystems like the SFNF by applying

Red Cross: Turn Clocks Back, Test Smoke Alarms

on October 29, 2019 - 8:20am
ARC News:
Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, and the American Red Cross urges everyone to test their smoke alarms when turning back their clocks.
As the fall season ushers in cold weather, it also increases the risk of deadly home fires. That’s because heating equipment is the second most common cause of fatalities from home fires—which, on average, takes seven lives every day in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. But working smoke alarms can double a person’s odds of survival.
“The Red Cross wants everyone to stay safe this winter,” said Jim Gilloon,

Meadow Lane In White Rock Has Reopened

on October 28, 2019 - 8:44pm

Meadow Lane has reopened this evening. Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities electric linemen completed repairing a damaged power pole after a construction vehicle snapped a guy wire this afternoon and broke the upper portion of the pole near Hacienda Drive on Meadow Lane. Courtesy/LAPD

 

Home Fire Campaign: Heat Your Home Safely

on October 27, 2019 - 7:12am
ARC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE If you live in regions with seasonal change and cooler weather, it’s time to think about turning your heat back on.
 
Because heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires, the American Red Cross reminds everyone to be cautious when using heating sources, as well to test their smoke alarms and practice their escape plan in case of a fire.
 
HEAT YOUR HOME SAFELY
 
1. All heating equipment needs at least three feet of space. Keep away children, pets and things that can burn, such as paper, matches, bedding, furniture, clothing, carpets and rugs.
 
2.

Police Officers & Firefighters Share In Trick Or Treat On MainStreet With Community In Downtown Los Alamos

on October 26, 2019 - 10:55am

Los Alamos Police officers celebrate Trick or Treat on MainStreet with the community Friday in Downtown Los Alamos. Cpl. Jay Eakins, left, and Sgt. Tim Lonz are spotted lifting up Cmdr. Oliver Morris as they are photobombed by Det. Cpl. Joey Robinson. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Firefighter David Baca mingles with community members and shows  them the featues of Engine 6 during Trick or Treat on MainStreet Friday in Downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri Morris

Cpl. Jay Eakins greets a future junior officer during the festivities Friday in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri Morris

Smoke Continues From Prescribed Burn In The Jemez

on October 23, 2019 - 7:04pm
Smoke is visible again today from prescribed burn operations that began Thursday within Valles Caldera National Preserve. With less north wind today the smoke is climbing over Redondo as viewed from a residence in La Cueva. Photo by Keith Kihara/Jemez Springs

USDA To Celebrate First Responder Recognition Day

on October 23, 2019 - 7:57am
USDA News:
 
ALBUQERQUE USDA Rural Development State Director Arthur A. Garcia announced that the agency will honor all first responders with a recognition ceremony in Belen.
 
During the ceremony Garcia will announce the funding of 12 new police cars for the City of Belen Police Department. In addition, he will announce the funding of a new water filtration treatment system for the city of Belen. USDA Community Programs authorize the financing of these types of projects in rural communities across the United States.
 
Earlier this year, the U.S.

Smoke In The Jemez Expected To Last Several Days

on October 22, 2019 - 4:45pm
Scene today near the mailbox turnout in Sulfur Canyon on N.M. 4 in The Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara/Jemez Springs
 
NMFI News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Fire managers began prescribed burn operations Thursday within Valles Caldera National Preserve.
 
Smoke from the burn is visible today and with burn operations expected to last a few days, officials say that smoke may be visible through next week.
 
The prescribed burns will target approximately 700 acres in the Banco Bonito and Cerro Seco areas in the western portion of the preserve.

Prescribed Fire For Little Coyote Creek Postponed

on October 21, 2019 - 7:40am
FSG News:
 
AMGEL FIRE The Forest Stewards Guild (FSG), working closely with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO), New Mexico State Forestry, Moreno Valley Fire Department, and Angel Fire Fire Department have postponed the prescribed burn for the area around Little Coyote Creek adjacent to Black Lake.
 
The burn has yet to be rescheduled but partners are looking for favorable conditions in either late fall 2019 or spring 2020.
 
The burn area was identified as a critical area in the Enchanted Circle Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and remains a top fuels reduction

Los Alamos Public Safety Association Awards Scholarships To UNM-LA Students Giron And Talachy

on October 19, 2019 - 8:57am

The Los Alamos Public Safety Association presented $500 scholarship awards to Eric Giron and Heaven Talachy Thursday at the Los Alamos Fire Administration Building on Central Avenue. Chosen from a pool of seven applicants, Giron is studying Fire Science and Talachy is studying Public Safety at UNM-LA. Giron receives a challenge coin and $500 scholarship from Deputy Chief and LAPSA President Steve Dewald, one of his teachers in the Fire Science Program at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com 

LAFD Deputy Chief and LAPSA President Steve Dawald presents a challenge coin and $500

Los Alamos Firefighters Honor Donna McHenry

on October 15, 2019 - 5:06pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, back row at left, firefighters and administrative staff gather today at Fuller Lodge to honor their own Donna McHenry who is retiring after being on the job since 2009. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Multi-jurisdictional Prescribed Fire Planned For Cerro Del Aire Collaborative Forest Restoration Project

on October 13, 2019 - 10:11am
USDA News:
 
SANTA FE The Forest Stewards Guild (FSG), working closely with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO) and the Taos Field Office (TFO) of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), have been preparing the multi-jurisdictional Cerro del Aire landscape, seven miles from Tres Piedras for a prescribed burn since 2016.
 
This Collaborative Forest Restoration Program project is aimed at protecting soil integrity, maintaining forest health and reducing wildfire risk to nearby communities.

McQuiston: Fire Prevention Tips For Your Home

on October 10, 2019 - 7:59am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Now that fall is finally here and winter is slowly approaching, people will start spending more time indoors.

Spending more time indoors increases the number of structural fires in the fall and winter. So, as the days become shorter and the nights longer (and colder), here are a few tips to help prevent fires in your home:

Cook with caution: Don’t stray too far away from the kitchen when cooking. It’s easy to get distracted while something is simmering on the stovetop or baking in the oven, but try using a timer as a helpful reminder something is cooking.

Prescribed Fire Planned For Little Coyote Creek

on October 9, 2019 - 10:01am
 
USDA News:
 
ANGEL FIRE The Forest Stewards Guild (FSG), working closely with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO), New Mexico State Forestry, Moreno Valley Fire Department, and Angel Fire Fire Department have been preparing the area around Little Coyote Creek for the return of fire since 2008.
 
The burn will take place on state trust land near Black Lake. This burn builds on years and millions of dollars of investments aimed at maintaining forest health and reducing wildfire risk to nearby communities.

Keep Fall Season Wildfire Safety In Mind

on October 8, 2019 - 6:44am
NM Fire Information News:
 
SANTA FE As the fall season begins, land managers would like to remind the public to practice wildfire safety while enjoying the outdoors.
 
Federal and state wildfire cooperators in New Mexico urge caution for those participating in hunting and other outdoor activities to go prepared to avoid sparking a fire. Just one small spark or heat from an unattended fire, gunfire ricochet, or a vehicle’s exhaust system can ignite dry grass.
 

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions to help not only hunters but to all outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen trying to

Fire Prevention Week: Red Cross Urges Everyone To Practice Escape Plans, Test Smoke Alarms

on October 4, 2019 - 8:36am
American Red Cross News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6 to 12, and the American Red Cross urges everyone to practice their home fire escape plan and test their smoke alarms.
 
“As cold weather increases the risk of home fires, please prepare your family now during Fire Prevention Week,” Regional Communication Manager Jim Gilloon said. “Install and test smoke alarms on every level of your home and practice your escape plan until everyone can get out in two minutes or less.”
 
PRACTICE YOUR PLAN, TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS For free home fire safety resources, visit

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