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Classic Air Medical Helicopter To Assist LAFD In Event Of Local Wildland Fire

on April 24, 2018 - 9:50am
Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Division Chief Kelly Sterna prepares for take-off in a Classic Air Medical helicopter flown by pilot Ivan Kubeldis during recent training. Courtesy photo
Aerial view of Los Alamos from the Classic Air Medical helicopter during non-aviation crew member training for LAFD command staff. Courtesy photo
LAFD Safety Division Chief James Thwaits gets ready to fly in a Classic Air Medical helicopter during recent training. Courtesy photo 
Los Alamos Daily Post

Due to the high level of fire danger in the area,

Wildfire Safety Tips During Critical Weather Conditions

on April 21, 2018 - 7:50am

LANL Wildland Fire Manager Discusses Drought

on April 19, 2018 - 3:00pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Wildland Fire Manager Manny L'Esperance addresses the crowd gathered at Science on Tap Monday at Unquarked in Central Park Square. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Participants in Monday evening's Science on Tap event listen to a wildland fire presentation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

“I don’t think I’m going to surprise anybody when I tell you what the current conditions are,” Los Alamos National Laboratory Wildland Fire Manager Manny L’Esperance said Monday evening at a

BLM Announces Emergency Fire Prevention Restrictions For Santa Fe County

on April 17, 2018 - 9:39am
BLM News:
TAOS  The Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office is initiating emergency fire prevention restrictions on public lands managed by the Taos Field Office in Santa Fe County, beginning today, due to high fire potential.
The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. 
“We are joining our county and federal partners in these actions in efforts to protect lives and property,” BLM Taos Field Manager Pamela Mathis said. 
Prohibited Acts include: 
  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in

Fire Chief Commends DPU Linemen For Quick Action On West Road Fire

on April 17, 2018 - 5:58am
Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Electricity Distribution Division lineman Julian Suazo, left, and Wayne Valdez discovered a loose connection that caused a small fire Thursday, made the area safe for firefighters and repaired the connection. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Scene Thursday afternoon of firefighters responding to small fire in LA Canyon near the Ice Rink. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes has commended two local linemen for their quick response to

LANL And LAFD Respond To Bulging Drum At Sigma Facility

on April 16, 2018 - 10:27pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel and Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a report of a bulging drum at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Sigma facility, according to a LANL spokesman.

“The drum has been rendered safe, and there is no threat to workers or the public. Full access to the facility has been restored,” the spokesman said.

The Sigma complex was built in the 1950s and 1960s and houses extensive laboratory areas for materials synthesis and processing, characterization, and fabrication.

Los Alamos Fire Chief Releases 2017 Annual Report

on April 16, 2018 - 3:46pm

LAFD training exercise. Courtesy/LAFD


Los Alamos Daily Post

“The hard-working men and women of our Department are very dedicated to the ideal of ‘continuous improvement’ which you will clearly see throughout this report,” Chief Hughes said.

H said in spite of losing some key people to retirement or seeking new adventures, LAFD is still chocked full of great people who will continue to help LAFD improve on the delivery of services to Los Alamos County residents and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The great services we provide would not be

Chamber Business Breakfast: Commercial Code Enforcement And Building Permits/Licenses April 19

on April 15, 2018 - 6:36am



The next Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast is 7:30- 9 a.m. Thursday, April 19 in Room 230, Building 2 at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr.


Chief Building Official Michael Arellano and Fire Marshall Jeff Wetteland will discuss the County’s commercial code enforcement, as well as building licenses and permits, with a focus on how these may affect the business community.


The Chamber Business Breakfasts are sponsored by the LANL CPO’s office and attendance at the breakfasts is a benefit of Chamber Membership.

SFNF Firewood Permits Available April 16 & May 1

on April 14, 2018 - 6:15am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Firewood permits for dead and down timber will be available for purchase at the Pecos and Las Vegas Ranger District offices, and Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Supervisor’s Office, Monday, April 16, and at all other SFNF offices, Tuesday, May 1. Dead-and-down permits are valid (one district per permit) except in designated wilderness areas.
The nonrefundable permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for 20 dollars for five cords with a maximum of 10 cords per household per year.

New Details On West Road Fire; LAFD Sends Truck To Bluewater Fire Near Grants

on April 14, 2018 - 5:33am
A loose connection on a powerpole near the Los Alamos Ice Rink on West Road caused a small fire Thursday afternoon, which was quickly extinguished by Department personnel. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Electricity Distribution Division lineman Julian Suazo, left, and Wayne Valdez discovered a loose connection that caused a small fire Thursday, made the area safe for firefighters and repaired the connection. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

New details have been released about a small fire

Daily Postcard: Smoke Haze Sunset

on April 14, 2018 - 4:45am

Daily Postcard: The Thursday evening sky looking west from Los Alamos toward the Jemez Mountains and through the smoke haze from the controlled burn in the Valles Caldera. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Update: LAFD Knocks Down Small Fire In Canyon

on April 12, 2018 - 1:22pm

Scene this afternoon of firefighters responding to small fire in LA Canyon near the Ice Rink. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene this afternoon of firefighters responding to small fire in LA Canyon near the Ice Rink. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

UPDATE: At approximately 12.45 p.m. today, LAFD responded to reports of a small wildland fire in LA Canyon, on West Road near the Ice Rink. The fire is fully contained and the cause is under investigation by LAFD. Crews are mopping up at the scene.

Los Alamos County Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

on April 12, 2018 - 6:44am

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Stage I Fire Restrictions After consulting with Los Alamos National Laboratory, and in cooperation with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Los Alamos Fire Department has announced that Los Alamos County will enter into Stage I Fire Restrictions, effective immediately.  
Under Stage I Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See first exemption below for additional details.)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within

SFNF Issues Stage I Fire Restrictions Effective April 13

on April 11, 2018 - 10:10pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Due to current dry conditions and anticipated low moisture levels in weather forecasts, the Santa Fe National Forest will implement forest-wide Stage I fire restrictions effective 8 a.m. Friday, April 13.

Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided for use.

Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites.

Science On Tap: Local Wildfire Risk

on April 11, 2018 - 1:32pm


What is the local wildfire risk? How is Los Alamos National Laboratory preparing for the fire season?

Explore these questions with the Bradbury Science Museum and Manny L’Esperance at Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 16 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

According to L’Esperance, with the Lab’s Emergency Preparedness group, Los Alamos has seen the least amount of snow since the recordkeeping began back in 1906. This puts the Laboratory at extreme risk for wildfire.

LAPD And LAFD Honor Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

on April 11, 2018 - 8:11am

The Los Alamos Fire Department Administration personnel arrive at the Los Alamos Police Department Consolodated Dispatch Center (CDC) Tuesday to celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. From left, CDC Manager Kate Stoddard, Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, Bernadine Martinez of LAFD Administration, Dispatcher Andrea Garcia, Dispatcher Ruben Garcia, Marisol Padilla of LAFD Administration and Dispatcher Wendy Strain. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

One of  the gift bags prepared for the Los Alamos Police Department CDC team by Los Alamos Fire Department

LAFD Honors Three At Promotion Ceremony

on April 10, 2018 - 9:41am

Los Alamos Fire Department personnel, from left, James Thwaites promoted to Safety Division Chief, Matt Munoz promoted to Captain and Sam Meyersick promoted to Driver/Engineer await the start of the promotion ceremony Monday at Station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Kailey Thwaites pins a badge on her dad, Los Alamos Fire Department Safety Division Chief James Thwaites as her mom, Katie Thwaites and Deputy Chief Steve Dawald look on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Fire

SFNF: Osha Fire 50 Percent Contained

on April 10, 2018 - 9:24am
SFNF News:
The Osha Fire in the Cow Creek/O-Shaw area on the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest was reported to the Pecos Ranger District office at 3:55 p.m. Saturday, April 7 by a Pecos Ranger District firefighter. 
Resources were dispatched via ground and helicopter to the fire at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet. Forty-four personnel in a multi-agency effort are on the fire with containment now at 50 percent.
Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke may settle into lower elevations in the evenings in the Gallinas Canyon and areas east of the fire.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle San Antonio Today

on April 5, 2018 - 12:27pm
NPS News:
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn targeting up to 1,050 acres of meadow grassland in Valle San Antonio, in the northwest portion of the preserve’s backcountry.
The burn operations are planned to start today, April 5, and possibly continue into Friday dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions. The area is currently under a seasonal closure, so impacts to visitors will be minimal.
NPS officials hope to reintroduce fire into the meadow grasslands, which would result in a low to moderate intensity fire.

Council Approves Moratorium On Code Enforcement

on April 5, 2018 - 10:25am
Residents line up to voice their opinion on the code enforcement issue during the public comment period of Tuesday's Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A range of emotions was on display at the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Yet despite the anger and frustration expressed, the meeting concluded with applause.

Attendees showed appreciation toward the Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution for a 60-day moratorium of the County’s code enforcement program.

Matt Munoz Promoted To Captain At LAFD

on April 5, 2018 - 9:47am

Los Alamos Fire Department Driver/Engineer/Paramedic Matt Munoz has been promoted to Captain. Munoz joined LAFD as a rookie in 2009 after obtaining his Bachelors in University Studies at the University of New Mexico. In 2013, he became a paramedic and in 2015 he was promoted to driver/engineer. Photo by Wesley Walker

LAFD Invites Community To Promotional Ceremony

on April 3, 2018 - 4:55pm

LAFD News:

The community is invited to attend a Promotional Ceremony honoring three firefighters at the Los Alamos Fire Department:

  • Division Chief James Thwaits;
  • Fire Captain Matthew Munoz; and
  • Driver Engineer Samuel Meyersick.

The Promotional Ceremony is 10 a.m. Monday, April 9 in the Training Room at Fire Station 3, 129 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

More Scenes From Annual Wildfire Day

on April 1, 2018 - 8:31am

More than 20,000 plastic Easter eggs dotted Ashley Pond Park Saturday morning for the Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Elks have hosted the event for 20 years. The event started at Urban Park but is now held in conjunction with the annual Los Alamos Fire Department Wildfire Day. Freedom Church also hosted several activities during the event. Photo by Connor Hoch

Members of Freedom Church, a new church in Los Alamos, hosted several events during the Elks Easter Egg Hunt and the Los Alamos Fire Departments Wildfire Day Saturday at Ashley Pond Park.

Scenes From Wildfire Day At Ashley Pond Park

on April 1, 2018 - 8:22am

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Taylor Garcia-Anaya helps a young firefighter run a hose Saturday during Wildfire Day at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Mike Paxson adjusts a new bicycle helmet for a young cyclist to take home. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos DWI Planning Council volunteers Cheryl Pongratz, left, and Juanita McNiel check in young participants in the bike rodeo during Saturday's Wildfire Day at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

A boy pulls a ‘person’ to the end of

Firefighter Sam Meyersick Promoted To Driver/Engineer

on March 29, 2018 - 9:09am

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Sam Meyersick has been promoted to Driver/Engineer. Meyersick joined LAFD in 2012 when he relocated to Los Alamos from Denver, Colo. He holds an Associate's Degree in Fire Science Technology. Meyersick is assigned to Station 1, C-shift. Photo by Maire O'Neill/