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Ag Dept. Proposes New Solutions To Protect Forests

on August 18, 2018 - 6:01am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced a new strategy for improving wildfire management across the nation’s forestlands Thursday.
 
Statement from Defenders of Wildlife’s Director of Federal Lands Pete Nelson:
 
“We are facing unprecedented challenges in wildfire management, and there are no silver bullets.

LAFD Hosts Community-Driven Strategic Planning Input Sessions At Fuller Lodge Monday

on August 14, 2018 - 7:19am

As part of a community-driven strategic planning process being implemented by the Los Alamos County Fire Department, members of the community recommended by command staff , including Don Taylor and Liz Cavasos, left, were invited to attend two sessions Monday morning at Fuller Lodge to offer their input.

Update: Penasco Fire Burns 12 Acres

on August 13, 2018 - 12:09pm
SFNF News:

The lightning sparked Penasco Fire that began Aug. 8  in the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has now consumed 12 acres of Ponderosa Pine and mixed conifer and is zero percent contained. 

Situation: The Penasco Fire is in the Rio Chama Wilderness near the 2017 Ojitos Fire burn scar and is one quarter of a mile from the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). Due to the fire’s proximity, Santa Fe National Forest officials urge the public to remain on the trail and proceed with caution if traveling along CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Scull Bridge on the Chama

Update: Sarca Fire Burns 178 Acres ... 60% Contained

on August 11, 2018 - 4:20pm
SFNF News:
 

Lightning sparked the Sarca Fire July 7  in the Agua Sarca drainage area of the Pecos Wilderness - Santa Fe National Forest. The fire has now consumed 178 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

Fuel: Ponderosa pine and other mixed conifer

 
Resources: Monitoring from the ground
 
Weather: 60 percent chance of rain tonight and 70 percent tomorrow with possible lightning.
 
Situation: Fire behavior is minimal. Firefighters were able to walk the perimeter of the fire and put check lines in place to reduce forward movement of the fire, which is in a northerly direction.

Penasco Fire Ignites In Coyote Ranger District Today

on August 8, 2018 - 7:45pm

SFNF News:

The Penasco Fire ignited today in the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest and there are approximately 5 to 10 acres burning on the ground with some single tree torching.

Start Date: Aug. 8

Cause: Unknown

Size: 5 to 10 acres

Location: Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Resources: 0

Situation: The Penasco Fire is in a remote area of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the 2017 Ojitos Fire burn scar. The fire is approximately 5 to 10 acres burning on the ground with some single tree torching.

Couple Douses Abandoned Campfire Burning In Jemez

on August 8, 2018 - 12:15pm

This morning while walking their dog up in the Jemez, a couple came across this abandoned campfire that was still burning. Using a shovel they had in the back of their truck and jugs of water, the couple extinguished the fire. “I realize there’s a lot to think about these days, but how can anyone leave a HOT campfire? If the fires in California aren’t part of one’s awareness or the lack of snow this last winter, how about the smoky skies?” Bernice Williams said. “It is pretty unbelievable!

Lightning Sparks Cerro Fire On BLM Land Sunday

on August 7, 2018 - 4:24pm

BLM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Lightning from a storm Sunday, Aug. 6, started the Cerro Fire on Bureau of Land Management lands southwest of Grants. 

The fire is now 20 acres in size and being managed by local BLM resources.

The fire is burning in piñon and juniper woodlands and ponderosa pine forest. No homes or structures are threated. Firefighters have been suppressing the northern portion of the fire adjacent to private land in order to establish an anchor point.

Update: Venado Fire Burns 4,150 Acres

on August 6, 2018 - 3:39pm
SFNF News:

The lightning sparked Venado Fire that began July 20 in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has consumed 4,150 acres of Ponderosa Pine and is now 66 percent contained.

Weather: Rain is forecasted through today, then a drying trend with above normal temperatures, until another round of predicted rain arrives later next week

 
Resources: 94 personnel
 
Situation: Resources completed containment lines on the Western Flank of the fire from Deer Creek Landing to above the Joaquin Drainage and FR 488. The entire fire perimeter is now in Mop up phase and

Update: Cochiti Mesa Fire Burns Quarter Acre

on August 2, 2018 - 7:23am
SFNF News:
 
The Cochiti Mesa Fire sparked by lightning and frst reported July 28 in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has consumed a quarter of an acre of dead and downed ponderosa pine and mixed conifer and is zero percent contained.
 
Start Date: Reported July 28
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: Quarter acre
 
Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0 percent
 
Fuel: Dead and downed ponderosa pine and mixed conifer
 
Weather: Partly cloudy, scattered showers
 
Resources: 1 engine and 1 utility responded
 

LAFD Sends Second Truck To Carr Fire In California

on August 2, 2018 - 7:06am

The Los Alamos Fire Department has sent a second truck, Brush-1, to the Carr Fire near Redding, Calif. On board are Capt. Tim Johnson, Capt. Dan DeVall and Firefighter Patrick Thoma. The crew is part of a New Mexico Task Force comprised of firefighters from Albuquerque, Corrales, Angel Fire and McKiinley County. Courtesy photo

Firefighters from Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Angel Fire, Corrales and McKiinley County prepare to leave New Mexico Wednesday morning and travel to California to assist with fire suppression. Courtesy photo

Lightning Strikes Pueblo Canyon Inn

on August 1, 2018 - 5:32pm

Pueblo Canyon Inn was hit by lightning Tuesday night. ‘The Los Alamos Fire Department, police and Utilities were dispatched and extremely helpful in getting power back on and making sure there was no fire’. Photo by Matthew Allen

Update: Venado Fire Burns 3,482 Acres

on July 31, 2018 - 11:27pm
SFNF News:

Lightning sparked the Venado Fire that began July 20 in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, which has now consumed 3,482 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 3,482
 
Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF)
 
Containment: 66 percent
 
Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
 
Weather: Rain forecasted throughout the week
 
Resources: 158 personnel.
 
Situation: The fire is in steep terrain with limited access on Mesa Venado and an adjacent drainage area 1.5 miles north of Deer Creek Landing and 6.5 miles west of Jemez

LAFD Brush Truck; Firefighters Travel To Carr Fire

on July 29, 2018 - 5:59am

The Los Alamos Fire Department's Brush 4 truck is en route to the 80,000-acre Carr Fire burning west of Redding, Calif., LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Kelly Sterna told the Los Alamos Daily Post Saturday morning. On board are Capt. Michael Lewis, Capt. Todd Forsythe and Driver/Engineer Van Leimer. The Carr Fire has already caused the deaths of two firefighters and three civilians and destroyed more than 500 buildings. Chief Sterna said three other trucks from New Mexico also are headed to the fire, which is only five percent contained. Courtesy photo

Update: Monsoonal Rains Slow Venado Fire

on July 28, 2018 - 12:30pm

SFNF News:

Friday’s monsoonal weather pattern helped firefighters keep the Venado Fire in check in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. The fire has burned 2,970 acres and is now 15 percent contained.

Venado Fire:

  • Start Date: July 20, 2018
  • Acres: 2,970
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Location: Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest
  • Containment: 15 percent
  • Fuels: Ponderosa pine
  • Total personnel: 282

General Information: As Friday’s monsoonal weather pattern helped firefighters keep the Venado Fire in check with minimal activity, firefighters continue with a full suppression

Officials Issue Venado Fire Area Closure For Safety

on July 26, 2018 - 8:28pm

Venado Fire area on the Jemez Ranger District. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has issued a temporary area closure today to protect public health and safety, and so firefighters can operate more safely in the Venado Fire area on the Jemez Ranger District of the SFNF.

Lightning caused the fire July 20, which has consumed 2,872 acres of Ponderosa pine and is now 10 percent contained.

The restricted area boundary follows the east edge of Virgin Mesa, then extends due west crossing Forest Road (FR) 376 at Gilman Tunnels to the west edge of the SFNF

Update: Aragon Fire Burns 450 Acres

on July 26, 2018 - 3:31pm
SFNF News:

The lightning caused Aragon Fire in the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has consumed 450 acres of Ponderosa Pine and is 50 percent contained.

Start Date: July 12
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 450 acres
 
Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 50 percent
 
Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
 
Weather:  75 percent chance for rain showers over the next few days
 
Resources: 6 personnel
 
Situation: The fire remains in a remote location East of Gallina Peak and West of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the Aragon Spring Area.

NPS: Hidden Valley Fire Receives Rain

on July 25, 2018 - 9:41am
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS Monday evening the Hidden Valley Fire received approximately .49 inches of rain, further reducing fire behavior. The chance for monsoonal rains and thunderstorms will remain high in the afternoons through the end of the week and minimal fire behavior is predicted for the Hidden Valley Fire.
 
With decreased complexity, management operations have been transferred back to Valles Caldera National Preserve under a Type 4 organization.

Update: Venado Fire Burns Approximately 2,200 Acres

on July 25, 2018 - 8:21am
SFNF News:

The Venado Fire that began Friday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has now consumed approximately 2,200 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

The fire stands at zero containment.

 
Start Date: July 20
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: approximately 2,200 acres
 
Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0 Percent
 
Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
 
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms Monday night dropped less than a tenth of an inch on the Venado Fire, with no significant impact on ground conditions.

Update: Venado Fire Burns Approximately 2,000 Acres

on July 24, 2018 - 8:50am

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked the Venado Fire that began Friday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, which has now consumed some 2,000 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

Start Date: July 20

Cause: Lightning

Size: approximately 2,000 acres

Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight expect to bring lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds.

Resources on scene: 162 personnel, which includes four interagency hotshot crews, one type 3 helicopter, three engines,

Hidden Valley Fire Lowers Fuel Loads On 585 Acres

on July 23, 2018 - 6:52pm

Smoke from the Hidden Valley Fire spreads in layers Sunday through the forest and hills on the west side of the Valle Grande at twilight. © 2018 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

 

VCNP News:  

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Firefighters completed firing operations Sunday on the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire. Through the successful management of this naturally caused fire, the preserve was able to safely decrease fuel loads on 585 acres of forest on South Mountain and reduce the risk of undesired fire behavior in the future.

“We’re grateful for all the firefighters’ hard work, which directly

Update: Venado Fire Burns 1,071 Acres

on July 23, 2018 - 1:58pm

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked the Venado Fire that began Friday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, which has now consumed 1,071 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

 

Start Date: July 20

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,071 acres

Location:  Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Low-level moisture is moving toward the Venado Fire, increasing the chance for precipitation. Possible thunderstorms may bring lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds.

Resources on scene: Four interagency hotshot crews, one type 3

Hidden Valley Firing Operations Finishing Today

on July 22, 2018 - 10:18pm

Smoke visible today from downtown Los Alamos of the Hidden Valley Fire burning in the VCNP. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladilypost.com

VCNP News: 

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Firing operations to manage the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire are expected to be completed today. Favorable conditions Saturday allowed firefighters to treat an additional 150 acres on the south and southwest portions of South Mountain, for a total of approximately 450 acres.

Smoke from management operations will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area and may linger in surrounding low-lying areas

Update: Venado Fire Burns 450 Acres

on July 22, 2018 - 9:00pm

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked the Venado Fire that began Friday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, which has now consumed 450 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

Start Date: July 20

Cause: Lightning

Size: 450 acres

Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 Percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Light winds, clear skies

Resources on scene: Three hotshot crews, one helicopter with bucket, one dozer, two engines

Situation: The fire is in a remote location on Mesa Venado and in an adjacent drainage area, one mile and a half north of

Scenes From Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol Lift Evacuation Training Saturday

on July 22, 2018 - 7:09am

Pajarito Mountain Ski Patroller Gustavo Rogers is lowered from the beginner chairlift Saturday morning by fellow Patroller Scott Charlton during annual lift evacuation refresher training. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrollers and Los Alamos Fire Department personnel from Station 5 examine ascender equipment used by the ski patrol for lift evacuations during annual lift evacuation refresher training Saturday morning. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Pajarito Mountain Ski Patroller and lift evacuation instructor Michael O'Neill guides Patroller Heidi

Wildland Firefighters From Hidden Valley Fire At Valles Caldera Dine In Los Alamos Saturday Evening

on July 22, 2018 - 7:01am

Members of Arizona's San Carlos Southwest Wildland Firefighters T2 I.A. crew came to Los Alamos Saturday evening and ate dinner at Dominoes Pizza. Crew members said temperatures at the Valles Caldera National Preserve are much easier on them than the 114 degrees in their hometown this week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

The Acoma Fire crew from Grants, which has been fighting the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire at Valles Caldera National Preserve came to town Saturday evening for dinner at the local McDonalds. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

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