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Conejos Fire Grows To 225 Acres

on August 6, 2019 - 7:16pm

Firing operations add low-intensity flames to the Conejos Fire to reduce dead and down fuels and improve forest health. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A drier-than-expected Monday gave fire crews the opportunity to resume firing operations and complete an additional 40 acres on the east side of the Conejos Fire.

The plan for today, Aug. 6, is to take advantage of a break in the weather to continue firing operations today and Wednesday as conditions allow to remove heavy concentrations of dead and down fuels within the Conejos Fire perimeter.

Start date: July 29, 2019

SFNF Monitors Another Lightning-Sparked Fire On Pecos/Las Vegas District

on August 6, 2019 - 5:37pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire staff on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are monitoring the lightning-caused Alamitos Fire near Forest Road (FR) 375, 2 miles north of the community of La Cueva within a previously treated fuel break.

While the monsoonal weather patterns are bringing a fair amount of moisture to the area, fire managers are considering strategically adding low-intensity fire to the ground to achieve significant benefits on the ground, including community protection, reduced risk of wildfire and improved forest health.

Depending on weather

Conejos Fire Grows To 185 Acres

on August 5, 2019 - 6:25pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Scattered thunderstorms in the Jemez Mountains over the weekend put a fair amount of moisture on the Conejos Fire, but not enough to extinguish it.

Fire managers released some of the resources assigned to the fire over the weekend.

The plan is to wait out the monsoonal weather patterns over the area now and, if the moisture is followed by a drying trend, resume firing operations later in the week to complete an 800-acre block.

Start date: July 29, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4

SFNF: Conejos Fire Grows To 55 Acres

on August 3, 2019 - 6:38am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire crews were able to put some low-intensity fire on the ground late Thursday in spite of recent moisture.
 
Fire managers are planning to continue firing operations on the Conejos Fire as long as weather will allow. 
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Size: Estimated at 55 acres
 
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine
 
Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one

SFNF: Conejos Fire Grows To 45 Acres

on August 2, 2019 - 8:57am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE A thunderstorm that dropped significant moisture on the north end of the Conejos Fire Wednesday delayed operations planned for Thursday. Fire managers are monitoring conditions on the ground for a window to begin firing operations.
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Size: 45 acres
 
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine
 
Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one

SFNF: Conejos Fire In Jemez Grows To 24 Acres

on July 31, 2019 - 5:33pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have determined that the lightning-caused Conejos Fire on the Jemez Ranger District is a good candidate to manage to improve forest conditions and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.

The Conejos Fire was discovered Monday night on Conejos Peak adjacent to Forest Road 266, about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.

Size: 24 acres

Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one Hotshot crew, one Type 2 initial attack crew, Santa Fe County Fire

SFNF: Conejos Fire On Jemez Ranger District 3-5 Acres

on July 31, 2019 - 7:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) discovered a lightning-caused ignition Monday night on Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 and about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Estimated at 3-5 acres, the Conejos Fire is creeping and slowly backing in primarily ponderosa pine forest.
 
Given current conditions, including forecasted weather, and the location of the fire, fire managers are considering using the Conejos Fire to bring positive benefits to the landscape, including

SFNF Monitoring Venado Mesa Fire In Jemez

on July 26, 2019 - 11:49am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire staff on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are monitoring a lightning-caused fire on the east side of Venado Mesa west of Forest Road (FR) 376.

Although the fire is currently only half an acre, it is putting up smoke as it smolders and creeps in steep, rocky terrain.

The Venado Mesa Fire is burning in oak brush, mixed conifer and pinon/juniper. Today’s weather forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

New Mexico Governor Orders Flags To Half Staff To Honor Roswell Firefighter Jeff Stroble

on July 24, 2019 - 4:26pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered state flags to half staff Friday, July 26, in honor of the memory of Jeff Stroble, 46, the Roswell firefighter who died Sunday, July 21.
 
Stroble, a 17-year veteran of the department, sustained injuries in the line of duty stemming from an explosion June 5 that occurred while members of the Roswell Fire Department were preparing for the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display. 
 
“My heart is broken for Jeff Stroble's family and the people in Roswell who knew him well,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.

Women In Wildland Fire Boot Camp Application Opens

on July 23, 2019 - 3:29pm

Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News: 

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe and Carson National Forests are looking for career-focused women who want to protect and preserve America’s public lands by training to become on-call wildland firefighters for the 2020 fire season. 

These on-call positions will provide support to wildland fire operations during fire season and may lead to future employment with the Forest Service. 

Approximately 30 applicants will be selected to attend the Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp in September, which will provide comprehensive firefighter training and orientation. 

Participants

BAER Team Assesses Post-Fire Effects Of Naranjo Fire

on July 23, 2019 - 3:10pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is assessing post-fire conditions for the Naranjo Fire near Regina on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).
 
Monsoonal weather patterns are expected to bring heavy rainfall and thunderstorms this week, increasing the threat of localized flash flooding.
 
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for northern and central New Mexico until midnight tonight.
 
As the BAER team continues its analysis, residents and visitors to the area around the Naranjo Fire should remain alert

On The Job In Los Alamos: ‘Running Toward The Fire’

on July 19, 2019 - 8:43am

On the job in Los Alamos are Kristin Carmichael and Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald Thursday at the LAFD Training Room. Carmichael gave a presentation about Mobile Integrated Healthcare entitled ‘Running Toward the Fire’ to the Los Alamos Public Safety Association and Dawald presented her with a challenge coin as a thank you for her presentation. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Small Frijoles Fire Continues To Smolder In Bandelier

on July 18, 2019 - 9:01pm

BANDELIER News:

A single-tree, lightning-caused fire in upper Frijoles Canyon was reported Monday evening in Bandelier National Monument.

The fire, the Frijoles Fire, is about five miles southwest of Los Alamos, creeping low and smoldering with flame lengths of less than 1 foot.

The area received some rain the same evening it was reported and weather forecasts predict thundershowers by early next week.

Low intensity, naturally caused wildfires burned the forested areas of the Jemez Mountains every seven to 15 years historically.

AGU: Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

on July 16, 2019 - 7:02am
Area burned by California wildfires in thousands of square kilometers, 1972-2018. Specific regions studied are at upper left. Courtesy/Williams et al., 2019
 
A satellite image, Aug. 6, 2018, shows smoke from multiple large California wildfires. The fires themselves, detected by thermal imagery, are in red. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Against a backdrop of long-term rises in temperature in recent decades, California has seen ever higher spikes in seasonal wildfires, and, in the last two years, a string of disastrous, record-setting blazes.
 
This has led

Final Update Naranjo Fire Unless Major Activity Occurs

on July 12, 2019 - 7:24pm

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,010 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina, NM, off of NM State Highway 96

Containment: 50 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be between 86-90 degrees, with light and variable winds 5-8 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Humidity is 17-21 percent.

Resources on scene: Type 4 organization, 50 personnel, one Type 1 crew, two Type 3 engines, one Type 6 engine and

LAFD Hosts EMS Facility Tour At UNM-Los Alamos

on July 12, 2019 - 4:20pm

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone chats with Bonnie Olsen during the EMS Training Facility Tour today at UNM-Los Alamos. The tour, which is part of ScienceFest, highlighted the training facility, comprised of areas for scenario-based training with high tech mannequins, including an emergency room and ambulance simulator. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Update: Naranjo Fire Consumes 1,009 Acres

on July 11, 2019 - 10:19am

SFNF News: 

Start date: July 1, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,009 acres; the fire increased by 270 acres as a result of Wednesday’s firing operations within the containment lines.

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off of N.M. 96.

Containment: 20 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures will be between 86-90 degrees, with southeast winds 5-10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Humidity is 14-18 percent.

Resources on

SFNF: Temporary Closure For Naranjo Fire Operations

on July 9, 2019 - 8:36pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fire National Forest (SFNF) today issued a temporary closure order for a portion of the Cuba Ranger District to provide for public and firefighter safety during operations on the Naranjo Fire.
 
The restricted area starts at the intersection of Forest Road (FR) 96 and the SFNF boundary and goes east to San Jose Creek, then follows the creek to the San Jose Trailhead, then goes to Naranjo Creek to the SFNF boundary and back to FR 96. The closure order and a map of the restricted area are posted on the SFNF website’s listing of current closures.
 
The

SFNF: Thank You, Campers – Only Five Abandoned Campfires Over Holiday Weekend

on July 9, 2019 - 6:40am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Patrols on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) over the long Fourth of July weekend reported only five abandoned campfires – a huge improvement over recent weekend tallies of 45 abandoned campfires the weekend of June 22-23 and another 11 for June 29-30.
 
“Good snowpack and a wet spring may have delayed the onset of fire season in Northern New Mexico, but we are definitely there now,” Fire Staff Officer Lance Elmore said. “And with the monsoon season, we are going to see more lightning-caused fires.

Update: Naranjo Fire Consumes 20 Acres

on July 6, 2019 - 12:29pm

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 20 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off of N.M. 96

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers, temperatures between 73-80 degrees, winds from the southwest at 5-10 miles per hour and 25-29 percent humidity

Resources assigned: Type 3 incident management team, 95 personnel, one type 1 crew, two type 2IA crews, one type 3 engine, two dozers, one type 3 helicopter, four UTVs and two ATVs

Situation:

Update: Naranjo Fire Has Doubled In Size To 10 Acres

on July 5, 2019 - 10:38am

SFNF News:

Start date: July 1

Cause: Lightning

Size: 10 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off of N.M. 96

Containment: 0%

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Sunny with temperatures between 84-88 degrees, winds from the west at 5-10 miles per hour and 11-16% humidity

Resources assigned: 20 personnel with one Type 6 engine, two UTVs and 2 ATVs

Situation: Fire behavior remains low to moderate with flame lengths between 6 inches to 1 foot.

Los Alamos Fire Department Issues July 4th Safety Tips

on July 4, 2019 - 1:17pm
LAFD News:
 
Fireworks have been a part of many of our families’ Independence Day celebrations throughout the years.
 
In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, 50% occurred with children and young adults under the age of 20. Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips.
  • Only use legal fireworks.

Naranjo Fire Burns 5 Acres In Cuba Ranger District

on July 4, 2019 - 12:33pm

Map of the Santa Fe National Forest Ranger Districts. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

A fire broke out Monday in the Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina off N.M. 96.

  • Start date: July 1
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 5 acres
  • Containment: 0%
  • Fuel: Ponderosa pine
  • Weather: Sunny with temperatures between 83-87 degrees, winds from the west at 5-9 miles per hour and 10-14% humidity
  • Resources assigned: 15 personnel with one Type 6 engine, two UTVs and 2 ATVs

Situation: Fire behavior is low to moderate with flame lengths between 6 inches to 1 foot.

Update: Small Fire In Rendija Canyon Extinguished

on July 2, 2019 - 5:40pm
UPDATE: This brush fire has been extiniguished. A small brush fire erupted this afternoon near the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club parking lot in Rendija Canyon. Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald said crews from station 1 and 4 responded and quickly doused the 20' x 20' fire. He added that the cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo by Joe Granville

LAFD Fire Marshal Addresses Fireworks Within County

on July 2, 2019 - 4:02pm

Fire Marshal Wendy Servey

LAFD News:

As July 4th approaches, thoughts turn to outdoor events and of course fireworks. Make sure your Independence Day activities do not turn tragic by following some simple rules and guidelines. The County is under Moderate Fire Danger, and with certain precautions will allow the Fireworks Display show at Overlook Park. The best way to enjoy the holiday is to attend this professional display at Overlook Park on July 4th.

The County of Los Alamos, has not adopted by ordinance the regulation of certain permissible fireworks.

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