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Sunday Update: Rain Provides Relief ... Keeps Fire On Valles Caldera At 495 Acres

on June 17, 2018 - 2:46pm

Rain aides firefighters in keeping blaze at 495 acres overnight on the Valles Caldera. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

VCNP News:

Saturday’s rain aided firefighting efforts and kept the San Antonio Fire at 495 acres on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The lightning-caused fire is burning within the northwest area of the Preserve. Fire activity was moderate with spots of creeping flames and smoldering timber. The historic cabin within the fire perimeter and the weather station and natural gas pipeline near the fire remain intact and unaffected by the fire.

The Albuquerque

Update: Fire In Valles Caldera At 495 Acres

on June 16, 2018 - 4:58pm

Courtesy/VCNP

 

VCNP News:

  • Moisture slows San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera

 

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 495 acres and is within the northwest area of the preserve between Valle San Antonio and the northern boundary.

Firefighters were able to establish hand line along the north and southwestern flanks of the fire. In addition, air support dropped retardant lines along the fire perimeter. Today’s forecasted rain and higher humidity are expected to aid in firefighting efforts.

The Albuquerque Zone Incident Management Type 3

Kirtland AFB Implements Stage III Fire Restrictions

on June 16, 2018 - 9:50am

Kirtland Air Force Base implements Stage III Fire Restrictions. Courtesy photo

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – The Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest transitioned Friday morning to Stage III Fire Restrictions. Kirtland officials are following their lead and implementing increased fire restrictions for the installation.

“Effective immediately, the installation will follow all restrictions listed in the Stage II and Stage III orders through July 15 or until conditions improve.

Valles Caldera Open To Visitors Despite Fire

on June 16, 2018 - 8:58am

Santa Fe National Forest Espanola District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker, left, VCNP Chief of Interpretation & Education Kimberly DeVall and VCNP Superintendent Jorge Silva-Banuelos watch smoke Friday afternoon from the San Antonio Fire from a spot along San Antonio Creek. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A tree burns Friday afternoon in the San Antonio Fire on the Valles Caldera National Preserve as Los Alamos Daily Post staff were escorted close to the fire area. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Valles Caldera National

Update: Fire In Valles Caldera Burns 426 Acres

on June 15, 2018 - 2:33pm

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 426 acres. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Fire in the Valles Caldera. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

VCNP News: 

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 426 acres and is located in the northwest area of the preserve between Valle San Antonio and northern boundary.

Resources consist of more than 100 fire personnel. The Albuquerque Zone Incident Management Type 3 Team is on scene and expected to take command at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The Valle Grande

Night View Of Fire Burning In Valles Caldera

on June 15, 2018 - 8:16am

The San Antonio Fire burning Thursday night along a ridge northeast of Valle San Antonio in the Valles Caldera National Preserve as light from ground fires illuminates the smoky sky. © 2018 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

NMDOH: Wildfire Smoke Health Hazards

on June 15, 2018 - 8:03am

Wildfire smoke can present hazards to people’s health. Courtesy image

NMDOH News:

With the Ute Park Fire burning in Colfax County, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) are monitoring air quality in areas of Northern New Mexico affected by smoke from the wildfire, including Cimarron, Eagle Nest, and Raton.

Over the weekend, NMED set up air quality monitors in Raton and Cimarron. A third monitor is being placed in the Eagle Nest-Angel Fire area today by the US Forest Service.

The monitors will allow the State to gather information about

Scenes From Fire Burning In Valles Caldera

on June 15, 2018 - 6:32am

A large tanker drops a load of slurry on the lightning-caused fire late Thursday afternoon that has burned more than 100 acres in the Valles Caldera backcounty. Updates on this fire will be published as they become available ... check back for more photos from the scene. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

A small helicopter helps direct the air drops by the tanker and checks results of the drop. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

As Thursday draws to a close the tanker heads for the runway to prepare for another day. The air drops help to put the fire to sleep for the night.

Evening Update: Valles Caldera Fire Burns 100 Acres

on June 14, 2018 - 7:21pm

The lightning-caused fire that started this afternoon in the Valles Caldera backcountry has burned more than 100 acres. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — The fire that began earlier this afternoon on Valles Caldera National Preserve being called the San Antonio Fire is lightning-caused and has burned more than 100 acres in the northwest corner of the preserve.

Fire crews are working on the ground and in the air to suppress the fire burning in ponderosa pine and douglas fir stands.

Resources on scene and en route include multiple engines, one hot shot crew,

Update: Valles Caldera Fire Burns 50 Acres

on June 14, 2018 - 3:50pm

COUNTY UPDATE: The fire spotted at 2:20 p.m. today in the Valles Caldera near San Antonio Mountain is estimated to have burned about 50 acres. The Los Alamos Fire Department has not been requested to respond to the fire at this time. National Forest and Valles Caldera have fire-fighting resources working the fire. A special weather statement was just issued for the Jemez Mountain area about storms with heavy rainfall moving into the area on Friday, so, there may be a good chance that rain is on the way to help firefighters.

Fire Burning In Valles Caldera

on June 14, 2018 - 2:47pm

Los Alamos County reports that a fire was spotted at 2:20 p.m. today in the Valles Caldera near San Antonio Mountain. Smoke is visible over the western mountains of Los Alamos. Fire resources are actively working at the site right now. The County will provide more information as it becomes available. Photo by Brian Nelson

Fire resources are actively working at the site of a fire right now in the Valles Caldera. The County will provide more information as it becomes available. Photo by Brian Nelson

Ute Park Fire: Final Update ... 92 Percent Contained

on June 13, 2018 - 9:45am
EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION:
 
This is the final update to be issued on the Ute Park Fire, which is now 92 percent contained.
 
Acres: 36,740 acres (26,387 acres on Philmont Scout Ranch)
Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10 p.m.
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Jurisdiction: NM State
Fuels: Grass, Piñon Juniper, Mixed Conifer
Origin Location: Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Resources: 244 personnel, 4 crews, 2 helicopters, 8 engines and 4 water tenders
 
Management of the Ute Park Fire will transition from the Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management

Los Alamos County Council Approves Proclamation Restricting Sale And Use Of Certain Fireworks

on June 13, 2018 - 9:33am
Newly appointed Los Alamos County Council Morrie Pongratz presents a proclamation Tuesday evening to Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilors approved a proclamation Tuesday evening during their regular meeting declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks.

Under the proclamation, the sale and

Scenes From Safety Town At Mountain School

on June 13, 2018 - 9:08am

Los Alamos Police Ofc. James Keane guides a young cyclist during Tuesday morning's Safety Town activities at Mountain Elementary School. More than 100 incoming kindergarten students are participating in the program, which runs through Friday. Safety Town is designed to teach participants safety in areas ranging from what to do in case of a fire to stranger danger. Watch for more photos and news from Safety Town later in the week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Department dispatchers Seth Martinez, left, and Mario Pratti show Safety Town participants what a 911 call

LAFD Asks Council To Restrict Certain Fireworks

on June 12, 2018 - 3:05pm
Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilors are slated to vote this evening at their regular meeting on a proclamation declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the use of fireworks.

If adopted, the sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible fireworks including helicopters, aerial spinners, missile type rockets, stick type rockets, chasers and firecrackers will be prohibited starting June 12 for 30 days in accordance with state statutes and the County Code.

Ute Park Fire At 77 Percent Containment

on June 10, 2018 - 8:37am

NMDF News:

The Ute Fire has burned 36,740 acres including 26,387 acres on the Philmont Scout Ranch and is now 77 percent contained.

The fire began at 2 :10 p.m., May 31 on Highway 64 in Ute Park between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 
Jurisdiction: NM State
Fuels: Grass, Piñon Juniper, Mixed Conifer
Resources: 445 personnel, 10 crews, 7 helicopters, 12 engines, 1 dozer, and 5 water tenders

There is a Red Flag Warning noon until 8 p.m. today for expected erratic winds gusting up to 35 mph. Wind from the west will not be a concern for fire

Scenes From Project Heart Start At Fuller Lodge

on June 9, 2018 - 5:48pm

CPR mannequins lie beneath the trees at Fuller Lodge this morning during the Project Heart Start Hands-Only CPR  event. This is the fifth year the Los Alamos Fire Department has sponsored the program, which aims to teach CPR to as many New Mexicans as possible. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Community members of all ages took advantage of the free Heart Start class this morning. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Dr. Justin Hazen, medical director for the Los Alamos Fire Department and his daughter Addison watch the hands-only CPR class this morning at Fuller Lodge.

Ute Park Fire Update: At 66 Percent Containment

on June 8, 2018 - 3:51pm
EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION:
 
Acres: 36,740 acres (based on more accurate mapping)
Percent Containment: 66 percent
Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10 p.m.
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Jurisdiction: NM State
Fuels: Grass, Pinyon Juniper, Mixed Conifer
Origin Location: Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Resources: 614 personnel including 15 crews, 8 helicopters, 26 engines, 6 bulldozers, 10 water tenders
 
Hotshot crews successfully held westward movement of the fire. Crews completed fireline from Ute Park to Cimarroncito Reservoir.

LAFD Offers Free Project Heart Start Course In Hands-Only CPR At Fuller Lodge Saturday

on June 8, 2018 - 8:42am

LAFD News

Los Alamos Fire Department invites the community to participate Saturday, June 9 at Fuller Lodge in a crash course in saving a life with hands-only CPR.

This is the fifth year LAFD offers Project Heart Start to County residents. Three free sessions will be presented at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. by trainers.

Project Heart Start is a program that trains as many individuals in New Mexico as possible to save a life of someone who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, might be having a heart attack or is choking to death.

LAFD Mourns Loss Of Former Firefighter Johnny Tapia

on June 8, 2018 - 7:30am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department is sad to announce the death of Johnny Tapia who retired from LAFD in 1997 after 24 years of service.

A longtime resident of Espanola, he passed away peacefully June 1 in his home at the age of 73.

Tapia was a Vietnam Veteran and served with the U.S. Navy. He was the life of the party, making many friends throughout his years. He loved going to the casino, taking road trips, spending time with his loved ones and making jewelry.

He is survived by his wife Julie Gutierrez of Santa Clara Pueblo; his stepchildren Charmaine (Pedro), Abram, Aleena and

BLM Announces Emergency Fire Restrictions For Farmington And Taos Field Offices

on June 6, 2018 - 3:53pm
BLM News:
 
FARMINGTON, NM The Bureau of Land Management Farmington District is initiating emergency fire restrictions on public lands managed by the Farmington and Taos Field Offices in San Juan, Rio Arriba, Taos, Santa Fe, McKinley, Sandoval, Colfax, Union, Mora, Harding, Quay, and San Miguel counties, beginning Wednesday, June 6, 2018, due to high fire potential. The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
 
Prohibited Acts include:
  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in developed sites and areas.

Update On ‘375 Fire’ Near Glorieta Lookout

on June 5, 2018 - 10:10am

SFNF News:

Update as of this morning on the 375 Fire in the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, west of Forest Road 375 and 1.5 miles east of the Glorieta Lookout.

Start Date: June 4

Cause: Lightning

Size: ½ acres

Containment: 100 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine and grass understory

Weather: Winds calm

Situation: As of 7:58 a.m. today, all lines held overnight with a few areas smoldering. Resources on scene include 4 fire crew members with 3 crew members enroute to help complete mop up operations.

Smoke/Air Quality: Local communities may be impacted by smoke

Lightning Sparks ‘375 Fire’ Near Glorieta Lookout

on June 4, 2018 - 5:49pm

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked a fire today in the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, west of Forest Road 375 and 1.5 miles east of the Glorieta Lookout:

  • Start Date: June 4
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Location: Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. West of Forest Road 375 and 1.5 miles east of the Glorieta Lookout.
  • Size: Half an acre
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Fuel: Ponderosa pine and grass understory
  • Weather: North, northwest winds 8-15 mph
  • Situation: The fire behavior is low to moderate. 

Resources on scene include one engine, and one helicopter.

Police And Fire Officials Investigate Lock Cutting At Entrance To Los Alamos Reservoir

on June 4, 2018 - 3:36pm

One of two locks vandalized over the weekend at the Los Alamos Reservoir entrance gate. The second lock, which was completely severed has been turned over to the Los Alamos Police Department. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland points out a Santa Fe National Forest sign, which clearly indicates that the reservoir area is closed to the public. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna places additional caution tape at the reservoir entrance to discourage people from going into the area.

LAFD Mourns Death Of Manfred ‘Fred’ Herrmann

on June 4, 2018 - 7:30am

Manfred ‘Fred’ Herrmann April 4, 1985 – May 27, 2018.

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department is sad to announce the passing of former Firefighter and US Marine Manfred “Fred” Herrmann. Manfred worked with the LAFD from 2008-2015. During his time with LAFD Manfred served on the Honor Guard, Technical Rescue and Hazmat teams. Manfred also assisted with instructing during academies.

Manfred was known for his quick wit and quicker smile. He had an air about him that made you feel like you were family. He will be forever missed and the Los Alamos Fire Department will remember him fondly.

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