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Udall Presses U.S. Forest Service Chief On Budget Cuts, Wildfire Funding, Other New Mexico Priorities

on May 16, 2019 - 12:35pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

Also questions USFS on maintaining wildlife corridors and discusses his legislation to promote reforestation

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Wednesday pressed U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen on "President Trump’s wholly insufficient" budget proposal for the USFS, which would undercut the Forest Service’s ability to combat catastrophic wildfires in New Mexico and across the country.

 

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SFNF May Launch Rowe Mesa Burn Thursday

on May 15, 2019 - 11:19am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Ignitions on the previously announced East Rowe Mesa Phase II prescribed burn could begin as early as Thursday, May 16, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, remain favorable.
 
Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are looking at a window between May 16 and May 20 to conduct the 293-acre burn. The project area is located east of State Highway 34 along Rowe Mesa, 10 miles south of Pecos, NM, and south of I-25. Crews will use hand ignitions to reduce the risk of wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

Burnt Food In Toaster Oven Triggers Alarm And Evacuation At Los Alamos County Municipal Building

on May 13, 2019 - 1:23pm

The Los Alamos Fire Department issues the all clear and evacuated employees return to work this afternoon at the Municipal Building. County officials indicate that burnt food in a toaster oven at lunch time trigger the fire alarm and all employees were evacuated at about 12:30 p.m. today. The employees remained at the rear of the parking lot while police and firefighters entered to building. It took about 30 minutes for the responders to clear the building and lift the evacuation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/adailypost.com

The Los Alamos Firefighters speak with evacuated employees prior to

Alert: Los Alamos Municipal Building Under Evacuation

on May 13, 2019 - 1:01pm

County employees evacuate the Municipal Building at about 12:30 p.m. today as police and firefighters enter the Municipal Building. A blaring fire alarm can be heard clear across Central Avenue. Check back for more on this developing story at ladailypost.com. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Evacuated County employees are gathered at the rear of the parking lot right now as police and firefighters enter the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

SFNF Plans La Jara Prescribed Burn

on May 11, 2019 - 10:02am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to conduct the La Jara prescribed burn on the Cuba Ranger District sometime between May 22 and June 30, when favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, provide an optimal window.
 
The 338-acre unit is just north of the community of La Jara. The La Jara prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health. Prescribed fires are always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
 

Deadline Is Friday To Volunteer As 'Actors' For County-Wide Emergency Exercise At UNM-LA

on May 9, 2019 - 4:33pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County will be conducting a County-wide active shooter exercise Saturday, May 18 at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos campus at 4000 University Dr. in Los Alamos.

The campus will be closed May 18 for the exercise, which is being conducted in order to test and improve the County’s overall preparedness in responding to an active shooter event. The County has received 15 applications to be volunteers as “actors” in the exercise, but would like to have more participation from the community.

Exercise activity will take place over approximately seven hours

Los Alamos County Emergency Exercise Scheduled At UNM-LA; Campus Closed To Public May 18

on May 7, 2019 - 5:35pm
COUNTY News:
 
This Saturday, May 18, Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Division will be conducting an Active Shooter Full-Scale Exercise on the UNM-LA Campus in Los Alamos.
 
The campus will be closed to the public that day. This exercise is being conducted to assess the immediate response by law enforcement and fire/rescue personnel to a simulated active shooter event at the campus. The exercise will take place over seven hours, beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m.
 
There will be setup and preparation activities beginning as early as 6:30 a.m., May 18.
 
The

SFNF Plans Burn On Cuba Ranger District

on May 7, 2019 - 3:11pm
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 and weather forecasts, to conduct a prescribed burn today on the Jacquez unit of the Moya treatment area on the Cuba Ranger District.
 
The 1,140-acre unit is just west of the community of Llaves and east of the community of Lindrith. The Jacquez unit prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.
 
Prescribed fires are always managed with firefighter and

Valles Caldera Plans Prescribed Burns

on May 6, 2019 - 6:02pm

Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/NPS

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Valles Caldera National Preserve will initiate prescribed burn projects beginning later this week and early next week, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions.

The prescribed burns will take place within a 630-acre project area in Banco Bonito and a 112-acre area on Cerro Seco. Both locations are within the western half of the preserve. The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period.

Pacheco Canyon Burn Visible From Los Alamos

on May 6, 2019 - 8:28am

Driving down the Main Hill Road Sunday afternoon smoke is visible straight ahead from the 500-acre prescribed burn underway in Pacheco Canyon, approximately six miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and three miles west of Ski Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailpost.com

Scene from the 500-acre prescribed burn underway in Pacheco Canyon Sunday afternoon, approximately six miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and three miles west of Ski Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailpost.com

Scene from the 500-acre prescribed burn underway in Pacheco Canyon Sunday afternoon, approximately six miles east of

Police Shooting Involves Angel Fire Police Department

on May 6, 2019 - 7:53am

NMSP News:

ANGEL FIRE – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate a police shooting involving the Angel Fire Police Department.

The initial investigation indicates that Sunday morning an Angel Fire Police officer responded to a residential structure fire at 14 Mountain Lake Terrace in Angel Fire. At the scene, an Angel Fire police officer encountered a man with a knife. During the encounter, the Angel Fire police officer discharged his weapon.

Pacheco Canyon Prescribed Burn Pushed To Sunday

on May 4, 2019 - 11:49am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE After studying conditions, including fuel moisture levels, weather forecasts, air quality and wind direction, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have decided to delay the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn until Sunday, May 5.
 
Fire managers will continue to monitor conditions and will not proceed with the Pacheco Canyon burn if conditions are not optimal.
 
The 500-acre unit is adjacent to Forest Road 102, approximately 6 miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and 3 miles west of Ski Santa Fe.

SFNF Fire Managers Planning Pacheco Canyon Prescribed Burn Saturday

on May 3, 2019 - 6:15pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may proceed with the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn Saturday, May 4, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, are favorable.
 
The 500-acre unit is adjacent to Forest Road 102, approximately 6 miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and 3 miles west of Ski Santa Fe. Hand and aerial ignitions will be completed in one day.
 
Smoke will likely be visible from Santa Fe, Tesuque, Nambe, Los Alamos and Pojoaque as well as the I-25 and US 285/84 corridors.

SFNF Plans Prescribed Burn On Jemez Ranger District

on May 2, 2019 - 11:47am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement a prescribed burn in the Tent Rocks area between May 11 and June 1, if conditions remain favorable.
 
The treatment area is approximately 3.5 miles north of Jemez Springs, NM, and less than 1 mile southwest of La Cueva.
 
Up to 1,520 acres will be treated to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

More Scenes From Annual Wildfire Day

on April 27, 2019 - 8:39am

Bandelier fire crew members Erin Todd, Brian Faith, Jeff Lucero and Caleb Johnson share information with the community together with many organizations that participated in Wildfire Day, which the Los Alamos Fire Department held in collaboration with the Elks Lodge #2083 annual Easter Egg Hunt April 20 at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Elroy the Elk aka Bill Gregory. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Fiona driving the fire engine. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Fire engine exploration. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Helicopter exploration. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Kelli and Zachary Maginot enjoying  the

Scene Of Vehicle Accident On Main Hill Road

on April 26, 2019 - 10:58am

Scene of a vehicle accident at 8 a.m. today on the Main Hill Road. Photo by Arianna Maldonado

Scene of a vehicle accident today on the Main Hill Road. The wrecked vehicle is moved out of the way at about at 8:40 a.m. and traffic is flowing smoothly. Photo by Arianna Maldonado

SFNF May Conduct Prescribed Burn This Weekend

on April 26, 2019 - 7:32am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may proceed with the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn this weekend if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, are favorable.
 
Fire managers are looking at Saturday or Sunday to conduct this one-day burn. If conditions over the weekend are not optimal, the prescribed burn may be pushed into next week.
 
The 500-acre unit is adjacent to Forest Road (FR) 102, approximately six miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and three miles west of Ski Santa Fe.
 
Smoke

Los Alamos Fire Department Wildfire Fuels Reduction Mitigation Project Gets Underway

on April 22, 2019 - 6:43pm

Map of the project area. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Department will begin work this week on an important wildfire fuels reduction project that will provide much-needed mitigation in several areas of Los Alamos.

LAFD has received grant funding for the project, which will include the following areas: Ponderosa Estates Range Road, North Horse Stable Bench, Walnut Bench, Villa Bench, Lower Loma Linda, Camino Redondo and Camino Uva.

Starting Tuesday, April 23, LAFD crews will begin mitigation work in the Camino Uva area, which includes marking trees to be thinned, chainsaw work

SFNF Postpones Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burn

on April 22, 2019 - 12:28pm

Prescribed burn. Courtesy/NFS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are postponing the prescribed burn on Rowe Mesa originally planned for this week, primarily due to forecasted weather with showers and thunderstorms expected later today through Wednesday.

Fire managers may reschedule the 293-acre East Rowe Mesa Phase II prescribed burn when conditions on the ground, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, are more favorable. The Rowe Mesa unit is east of N.M. 34 along Rowe Mesa, 10 miles south of Pecos and south of I-25.

Prescribed fires

Scenes From 2019 LAFD Wildfire Days At Pond

on April 21, 2019 - 7:50am

Terry Beery, a PEEC volunteer, helps a group of young children 'build' a healthy forest. She explains that trees need to be spaced apart rather than clumped together, which can increase the danger for wildfires. PEEC was among many organizations that participated in Wildfire Day, which the Los Alamos Fire Department held in collaboration with the Elks Lodge #2083 annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

From left, Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighters Shane Grano, Joseph Baca, Jaden Eads and Colorado Cordova host a booth about fire

Wildfire Day & Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

on April 19, 2019 - 10:40am
Sparky the Fie Dog greets visitors during Wildfire Day 2018. Courtesy photo

From left, Smokey Bear, Elroy the Elk, Sparky the Fire Dog and the Easter bunny are expected to be on hand at the annual Elk’s Easter Egg Hunt and Wildfire Day 2019 Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Central Avenue between Oppenheimer and 20th Street will be closed 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20 in support of the combined efforts of the Fire Department, Los Alamos Elks Lodge and many more to present the community with a safe and fun event – the annual Elk’s Easter Egg Hunt

Council Tentatively Approves LAFD Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 3:28pm

Fire Chief Troy Hughes, center, presents his department budget along with Senior Management Analyst Norma Jean Valdez and Management Analyst Xavier Anderson. County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening at left, during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the approximately $32.7 million budget for the Los Alamos Fire Department during the Monday night budget hearing.  

The tentative budget approval includes an add-on

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Planned Tuesday

on April 16, 2019 - 8:25am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions today, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, to conduct the previously announced prescribed burn near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Santa Fe Municipal Watershed tomorrow.
 
Up to 500 acres, including 50 acres of piles, will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Crews will begin hand ignitions around 10 a.m., followed by aerial ignitions between noon and 1 p.m. and operations should be completed within a day.
 

Final Update Tonight On Fire In Los Alamos Canyon

on April 10, 2019 - 9:12pm
News Alert:
 
Los Alamos Firefighters made good progress by sundown today on the fire in Los Alamos Canyon.
 
Firefighters are mopping up and will be monitoring throughout the night the area where an approximately 3-acre fire ignited about 4:30 p.m. today near the Canyon Rim Trailhead east of N.M. 502 and across from the Co+op Market and Holiday Inn Express.
 
This will be the last update this evening.
 

Fire In Los Alamos Canyon Consumes About 3 Acres

on April 10, 2019 - 6:15pm

Los Alamos Firefighters are on the scene of a fire burning this afternoon in Los Alamos Canyon, which as of 5:20 p.m. today has consumed about 3 acres. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Firefighters are on the scene of a fire burning this afternoon in Los Alamos Canyon, which as of 5:20 p.m. today has consumed about 3 acres. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

News Alert:

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighters responded to a fire this afternoon that has consumed approximately 3 acres down in Los Alamos Canyon near the Canyon Rim Trailhead east of N.M.

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