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SFNF: Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Oct. 22

on October 18, 2018 - 7:29am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  If favorable conditions allow, to include acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may begin a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit as early as Monday, Oct. 22.
 
Up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit may be treated with a focus on heavier slash left by wood cutting to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.   
 
The area is approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas.

BLM Taos Field Office Plans Prescribed Burns Near Tres Piedras And Cerro Areas

on October 16, 2018 - 10:36am

BLM News:

TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management will conduct prescribed fires in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument during an approximate one-month period, beginning Oct. 22.

The burns are at Cerro Montoso and Cerro del Aire, 12 miles northeast and 4 miles northeast of Tres Piedras, respectively, and in the Guadalupe Mountains, approximately 1 mile south of Cerro.

Smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities, the monument, and highways N.M. 522, US 285 and US 64. Timing of the burns is dependent upon weather and burning conditions.

The purpose of the project is to improve

BLM Begins San Pedro Thinning Project

on October 15, 2018 - 9:57am
San Pedro area hazardous fuels thinning begins around Oct. 17. Courtesy/BLM
BLM News:
 
TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin hazardous fuels thinning in the San Pedro area beginning around Oct. 17 and carry on until Nov. 30.
 
The thinning project is expected to take 2-6 weeks; however, the exact timing is subject to weather and ground conditions.
 
The San Pedro fuels reduction project is located on BLM lands on the south side of N.M. 344, approximately one mile east of the intersection of N.M. 14 and N.M.

Council Proclaims Oct. 7-13 Fire Prevention Week

on October 4, 2018 - 6:07am

Los Alamos County Councilor Morris Pongratz, left, presents a proclamation to LAFD Wildland Fire Chief Kelly Sterna Tuesday night during the County Council meeting recognizing Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation recognizing Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week Tuesday night during the Los Alamos County Council meeting.
 
Councilor Morris Pongratz presented the proclamation.
 
Proclamation:
 
WHEREAS: Los Alamos County is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all who

Jemez Ranger District Tent Rocks Prescribed Burn

on September 30, 2018 - 7:50am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement a prescribed burn, if conditions allow, between Oct. 15 and Nov. 30 in the Tent Rocks area.
 
The treatment area is approximately 3.5 miles north of Jemez Springs, NM and less than 1 mile southwest of La Cueva, NM. The Tent Rocks prescribed burn is to reduce risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Favorable conditions measured include fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds and weather forecasts.

Jemez Ranger District To Begin Joaquin Piles Burn

on September 29, 2018 - 9:14am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions sometime between Oct. 15 and Feb. 28, 2019 on Joaquin piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 347 acres of the Joaquin piles.
 
The Joaquin piles area is located along the southern edge of Forest Road (FR) 534 and west of FR 376 about six miles west of Jemez Springs.

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Update

on September 26, 2018 - 7:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) completed a 545 acre prescribed burn Monday in the Santa Fe Watershed, about three miles east of the City of Santa Fe, to help protect the watershed from high intensity wildfire.
 
Prescribed burning is not planned in the watershed again until the spring.
 
The 545 acre prescribed burn was conducted in proximity to Nichols and McClure Reservoirs. Parts of a 450 acre area northeast of Nichols Reservoir received treatment, as did parts of a 500 acre area just south of McClure Reservoir.
 
Historically, low- to

Cedar Springs Prescribed Burn Mid-September Update

on September 25, 2018 - 2:59pm
Courtesy/USDA
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to begin ignitions today on the Cedar Springs prescribed burn to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions, which include fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds and weather forecasts are favorable for ignitions. Up to 500 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the Cedar Springs area. The total prescribed burn area is 1,454 acres.
 
Forest Roads 6 and 7 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged from

SFNF: French Mesa Prescribed Burn Update

on September 25, 2018 - 6:51am
Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire Managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest completed the French Mesa prescribed burn Thursday.
 
The objective was met by the total of 3,580 acres that were successfully treated.
 
The prescribed burn was conducted to improve wildlife forage and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open to the public, but travelers are advised to take extreme caution when entering into or near the burn areas.

LAPD And LAFD Respond To Crash West Of Totavi

on September 23, 2018 - 5:24pm

Two tow trucks, each towing a vehicle were spotted leaving the scene of an accident at approximately 4:30 p.m. today west of Totavi, at right about the 40 mph zone area. Details will be published as soon as available. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Forest Service Teams Work To Increase Prescribed Burns To Protect Water Sources, Wildlife & Reduce Risk

on September 22, 2018 - 2:15pm
FOREST SERVICE News:
 
SANTA FE The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild are working together to increase the use of prescribed fire to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.
 
The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is unique in that it is designed to stand-up a fully qualified team to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.
 
The practice of prescribe fire promotes ecological health in frequent fire forests, reduces hazardous

Los Alamos Public Safety Assoc. Awards Scholarships

on September 22, 2018 - 10:56am

Public safety scholarship recipients Michaela Robertson, left, and Lee Ann Quintana with LAPSA members from center to right, LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dawald, LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts and LANL Emergency Response Group Leader Jeff Dare Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney congratulates LAPSA scholarship recipients. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of the Los Alamos Public Safety Association (LAPSA) presented two educational scholarships to students during a

SFNF: Bales Fire Update

on September 22, 2018 - 1:06am
SFNF News:
 
Bales Fire Update:
 
Start Date: Smoke reported Sept. 14
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 14 acres
 
Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 50%
 
Fuels: Mixed conifer, dead and down
 
Weather: Partly cloudy, winds out of southwest 5-10 mph
 
Resources: 50 personnel
 
Situation: The Bales Fire is in the Bales Canyon area along Forest Road 534 approximately two and one half miles southwest of the Chaparral Girl Scout Camp on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Fire activity is low.

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Planned Sunday

on September 20, 2018 - 3:10pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed starting Sunday, Sept. 23.
 
Two separate units expected to be treated within the Santa Fe Watershed total 950 acres and are approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe.
 
One unit is 450 acres northeast of Nichols Reservoir, and the other is 500 acres just south of McClure Reservoir.

Batalion Chief Joseph Candelaria Retires From LAFD Today

on September 19, 2018 - 5:47pm

Los Alamos Fire Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria is retiring today – his birthday – after 17.5 years of service to the community. He remembers the day he started at LAFD. It was July 9, 2001. ‘It’s bittersweet,’ Candelaria told the Los Alamos Daily Post today at Fire Station 1. ‘Public service has been my whole life.’ Candelaria is moving into a new career soon and will take on the position of deputy group leader in the Institutional Training Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Woman Crashes Into Fence At Sullivan Field

on September 19, 2018 - 5:38pm

A woman driving a small white car around 8:45 p.m., Tuesday reportedly encountered brake failure and crashed into a fence at Sullivan Field on Diamond Drive. Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs treated her elderly male passenger at the scene for apparent minor injuries and transported him to Los Alamos Medical Center as a precaution. It appears the impact of the crash damaged the fence as well as the wooden structure behind it. Police said the woman was not cited in the incident. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD EMTs assist an elderly male passenger at the scene of a one-vehicle

LAPS Pilot Initiative: New Safety Assurances At Events

on September 19, 2018 - 4:40pm

LAPS News:

This is an invitation for comments and suggestions about a pilot safety initiative being implemented this year at Los Alamos Public Schools athletic events.

The pilot program includes a “no re-entry” practice for scheduled games at Sullivan Field, Griffith Gym, Brousseau Gym and Hawk Field. For the safety and security of students and guests, re-entry into athletic events at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School is currently restricted.

Our increasing focus on safety is aligned with suggestions from local leaders and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety

SFNF: French Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

on September 19, 2018 - 7:52am
USDA Forest Service fire crew ignite forest fuels Tuesday in the French Mesa fuelwood area of the Coyote Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) began ignitions Tuesday on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions,

Lightning Sparks Bales Fire On Cuba Ranger District

on September 16, 2018 - 4:24am

SFNF News:

Lightning has sparked the Bales Fire on the Cuba Ranger District og the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Start Date: Smoke reported Sept. 14
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 14 acres
  • Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Fuels: Mixed conifer, dead and down
  • Weather: Partly cloudy, winds out of southwest 5-10 mph
  • Resources: 50 personnel

Situation: The Bales Fire is in the Bales Canyon area along Forest Road 534 approximately two and one half miles southwest of the Chaparral Girl Scout Camp on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

AGU: U.S. Wildfire Smoke Deaths May Double By 2100

on September 15, 2018 - 7:48am
A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., as firefighters continue to battle the blaze in 2012. Courtesy/U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
 
This image, captured by the NOAA-20 satellite’s VIIRS instrument Aug. 19, 2018, shows thick plumes of smoke over British Columbia. Courtesy/NOAA
 
Courtesy/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of deaths associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke in the U.S. could double by the end of the century, according to new research.
 
A new study simulating the effects of wildfire smoke on human

Fire Chief Troy Hughes Speaks At Rotary Club

on September 14, 2018 - 7:14am
 Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes speaks to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Sept. 11 to commemorate all of the victims and civilian and emergency responders, who died or were injured in the devastating attacks of that day. Seventeen years later, many emergency responders, as well as residents and workers, in affected areas have developed cancers caused by the inhalation of asbestos and other toxins released in the fumes of the explosions. Courtesy photo 

Rotary Club President Vincent Chiravalle thanks LAFD Chief Troy Hughes for his presentation. Courtesy photo

Servey Makes LAFD History: First Woman Fire Marshal

on September 13, 2018 - 11:09am
Wendy Servey makes local history as the first woman Fire Marshal at the Los Alamos Fire Department. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Wendy Servey has worn a lot of hats during the 12 years she has worked for the Los Alamos Fire Department. Five weeks ago she received a new one: Fire Marshal.

It’s not just a new hat she has earned but a major milestone. Servey is the first female Fire Marshal in the Los Alamos Fire Department.

Prior to being Fire Marshal, Servey was an Operation Battalion Chief.

French Mesa Prescribed Burn Scheduled Sept. 18

on September 12, 2018 - 7:21am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to begin ignitions Sept. 18 on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions, which include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts are favorable for ignitions. Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres.
 
Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged from traveling the road during

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Joins Firefighters For Stair Climb On Sept. 11 Anniversary

on September 11, 2018 - 4:21pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined firefighters today from the greater Albuquerque area for their annual stair climb to mark 17 years since the terror attacks of 9/11/01. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) joined firefighters from the greater Albuquerque area for their annual stair climb to mark 17 years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

 During the annual memorial climb, firefighters climbed 120 flights of stairs carrying more than 50 pounds of gear.

“17 years after Sept.

La Jara Prescribed Burn Sept. 18 - Nov. 16

on September 9, 2018 - 8:28am

A prescribed burn is planned Sept. 18 - Nov. 16 in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn as early as Sept. 18 through Nov. 16 in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District.

Some 338 acres may be treated in the area just north of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

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