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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

BLM Plans Prescribed Burns Near Tres Piedras

on October 3, 2019 - 7:15am
BLM News:
 
TAOS Beginning Oct. 8 and continuing for up to 30 days, the Bureau of Land Management will be conducting prescribed burns on approximately 1,735 acres in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument.
 
The burns are on the east side of Cerro Montoso, 12 miles northeast of Tres Piedras and on the south side of Cerro del Aire (Wind Mountain), four miles northeast of Tres Pierdras. Smoke may be visible from highways US 285 and US 64.
 
The purpose of the project is to improve forest health in ponderosa pine and piñon/juniper woodlands, by reducing flammable accumulations of

Scenes From Annual Firefighter For A Day Event

on September 30, 2019 - 8:56am

The second annual ‘Firefighter For A Day’ event was held Saturday at the Los Alamos Fire Department training facility at Station #2 on DP Road. The event provides participants with the opportunity to experience the perils that firefighters face on their job. Each participant is checked for vitals and issued protective gear and assigned to teams. Each team rotates through scenarios, which include smoke rescue, extrication (jaws of life), RMS Code, wild land, high angle and hazmat, all done in full dress. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The high angle scenario is exciting to watch and

Council Proclaims ‘Fire Prevention Week’ Oct. 6-12

on September 29, 2019 - 7:54am

Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, right, presents a proclamation at Tuesday night's council meeting declaring Oct. 6-12 ‘Fire Prevention Week’. Among those acepting the proclamation are Fire Chief Troy Hughes, second from left, and Safety Division Chief Joseph Baca, second from right. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation during its Tuesday night regular meeting declaring “Fire Prevention Week” Oct. 6-12.
 
Councilor Antonio Maggiore read the proclamation, which states:
 
WHEREAS: Los Alamos County is

BLM To Open San Pedro For Fuelwood Harvest

on September 28, 2019 - 9:18am
BLM News:
 
TAOS The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it will conduct a hazardous fuels reduction project in the San Pedro area in order to minimize heavy fuels that are optimal for fuelwood use.
 
To ensure public safety during removal of fuelwood, this area will be closed to shooting Oct. 18-31. Fuelwood permits will be available for fuelwood removal.  
 
The San Pedro fuels reduction project is located on BLM lands on the south side of NM Highway 344, approximately 1 mile east of the intersection of NM Highway 14 and NM Highway 344.  
 
The BLM conducted a

Stable Canyon Prescribed Burn Planned For Weekend

on September 20, 2019 - 10:09am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to implement the previously announced Stable Canyon prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District as early as Saturday if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, remain favorable.
 
Crews will use hand and aerial ignitions to treat the 1,595-acre Stable Canyon unit east of Porter Landing. Depending on conditions, it may take up to three days to complete operations on Stable Canyon.
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective

Los Alamos County Firefighters Remember 9/11

on September 15, 2019 - 10:15am

Los Alamos County firefighters set out on a track Saturday on Pajarito Mountain to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil. They are carrying a 26-pound air pack in full dress on the one mile trek with a 1,000 foot rise in elevation to mimic the stairs the firefighters experienced on that tragic day rushing to rescue people in the World Trade Center in New York City. Members of the public joined firefighters in the somber event. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos Firefighters and members of the public on the climb

Firefighters Respond To Alarm At UNM-Los Alamos

on September 13, 2019 - 3:05pm

Firefighters respond to the scene of a false alarm this afternoon in Building 2 at UNM-LA. Students and staff were evacuated for about 45 minutes being receiving the all clear and returning to class. Dust apparently triggered the alarm. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Firefighters at the scene of a false alarm this afternoon in Building 2 at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Firefighters at the scene of a false alarm this afternoon in Building 2 at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Firefighters at the scene of a false alarm this afternoon in Building 2 at

SFNF Plans Multiple Prescribed Burns This Fall

on September 8, 2019 - 9:10am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of favorable conditions this fall to conduct prescribed burns across the forest to remove hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and create healthier, more resilient forest and watershed ecosystems.

Depending on conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, the forest’s window to implement these prescribed burns is Sept. 16 to Nov. 30.

The SFNF will issue additional notifications about each project based on fire managers’ expectations for

Santa Fe National Forest: More Abandoned Campfires – Some Campers Still Don’t Get It

on September 3, 2019 - 4:00pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Although the forest-wide numbers have improved over the summer season, fire staff on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) found at least a dozen abandoned campfires over the Labor Day weekend, bringing the year’s total for that one district alone to a whopping 164 abandoned campfires.

“And that’s 164 unnecessary opportunities for a wildfire to get out of control and threaten firefighter and public safety,” Jemez District Ranger Brian Riley said. “Someone’s carelessness puts lives, property and natural resources at unnecessary risk.”

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Udall, Democratic Colleagues Urge Forest Service To Listen To Firefighter And Forest Manager Input

on August 31, 2019 - 11:37am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of 25 Democratic senators in calling on the U.S. Forest Service to listen to the input of wildland fire fighters and forest managers and extend the public comment period for its proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule.
 
The new proposed rule could undermine the scientific processes currently considered in NEPA that protect National Forests, including those in New Mexico, by reducing critically important input from the public and forest officials.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Vitalant Blood Drive

on August 30, 2019 - 6:22pm

On the job in Los Alamos are recruits from the Los Alamos Fire Department Recruit Academy #28 donating blood today for the Battle of Badges blood drive at the First Baptist Church. As the board behind them shows, it has been a close battle as Los Alamos community members show their appreciation for the First Responders by donating blood and voting for their favorite team. Photo by Ana Martinez/LAFD

Redondo Meadow Fire Continues Burning In Jemez

on August 30, 2019 - 6:11pm

The Redondo Meadow Fire continues to burn today to the north and east away from the homes in Sulfur Canyon. Photo by Keith Kihara

Allen McQuiston: How To Help Prevent House Fires

on August 30, 2019 - 10:43am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Using some claims data from Travelers Insurance Company, they have developed a list of the most common causes of fire-related losses as well as some things you can do to help prevent them.

Tips to Help Prevent House Fires
 
Faulty Wiring and Outlets Are One of the Top Causes of House Fires:

  • Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires.
  • Do not pinch or cover electrical cords with items such as rugs.
  • Be aware of the capacity of your home’s electrical system. Do not overload your circuits.

Santa Fe Watershed Burn Planned For Mid-September To Restore Forest Health, Reduce Risk Of Wildfire

on August 30, 2019 - 9:33am
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, wind direction and weather forecasts, to initiate a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed on the Española Ranger District as early as Monday, Sept. 16.
 
The exact date will depend on fuel conditions on site.
 
Up to 350 acres north of Nichols Reservoir near Granite Point in the lower Watershed will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions. The burn will be completed in one day.
 
The Santa Fe

On The Job In Los Alamos: Rodney Roberson Presenting Talk On Incident Command System

on August 27, 2019 - 8:14am

On the job in Los Alamos is Emergency Management and Security Coordinator Rodney Roberson, pictured here with Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps Assistant Cmdr. Donna McHenry, giving a presentation Aug. 13 about the Incident Command System to members of the Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps and Behavioral Health Response Team (BHRT). Photo by Jennifer Bartram/ladailypost.com

 

SFNF: Cueva Fire Meets Objectives, Reduces Fuel Loads

on August 27, 2019 - 7:43am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE After successful aerial ignitions Friday, low-intensity fire continued to burn through concentrations of fuel on the Cueva Fire on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) over the weekend.
 
As woody debris and other fuels within the planning area are consumed, the Cueva Fire is producing less smoke with low to moderate smoke impact expected as the burn area continues to cool.
 
Fire managers took advantage of the lightning-caused fire to reintroduce fire to the landscape to restore forest health and reduce the risk of future

Smoke Continues In Redondo Meadow In The Jemez

on August 26, 2019 - 5:54pm
Smoke continues to billow in La Cueva as seen here from the Redondo Meadow road today in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara
 
This sign is posted by the mail boxes in Sulfur Canyon. Photo by Keith Kihara

Smoke Billows In The Jemez This Morning

on August 25, 2019 - 9:48pm
Smoke billowing this morning in what appears to be the Redondo Meadow in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara
 
Another view of smoke billowing this morning in what appears to be the Redondo Meadow in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara

SFNF: Managers Plan More Activity On Cueva Fire

on August 25, 2019 - 6:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A drying trend and increase in fire behavior have given fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) an opportunity to add additional acres to the Cueva Fire by using aerial ignitions to consume unburned fuels within the planning unit.

Crews from New Mexico State Forestry will continue to work on securing the fire perimeter.

During this period, increased smoke will be visible and may impact surrounding areas.

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