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Needed: Honor Guards, Pipes & Drums, Buglers and Rifle Teams for Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorials

on July 6, 2013 - 10:15am


The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Incident Management Team is reaching out to all Honor Guards, Pipes & Drums, Buglers, and Rifle Teams to help with the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial, individual funerals in Prescott, and to facilitate transfer of fallen brothers, escorts, and subsequent honor guards in their home towns.

Participants are needed starting now through late July. Those wishing to participate must pre-register. Send the following information to

  • Total number of personnel coming, and their position; Specify Honor Guard,

Fifteen Firefighters Monitor Thompson Ridge Fire

on July 6, 2013 - 9:13am

Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire News:

Continued minimal fire behavior at the Thompson Ridge Fire has led to a reduction in the original 47 person Type IV team charged with monitoring the perimeter.

Since fire officials declared 100 percent containment Monday July 1, there has been neither new fire growth nor smoke within 500 feet of the perimeter.

Minimal fire behavior observed during the last week is expected to continue and will be monitored by a team of 15 firefighters until the fire is fully suppressed.

Police Ace Pie Competition

on July 5, 2013 - 11:48am

Los Alamos Police Officers get busy and win Thursday's pie competition against Los Alamos Firefighters at Overlook Park during the 4th of July activities. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Police Dispatcher Andy, right, led his team to victory by downing his entire pumpkin pie before anyone else in Thursday's competition. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Firefighters give it their best but were aced by police in the pie eating competition at Overlook Park Thursday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Grider and Hughes Win Top Trophy for LAFD at Los Alamos Opera Guild Event

on July 5, 2013 - 11:13am

Top chef and Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, center, with assistance from Fire Chief Troy Hughes emerged the victors at Thursday's 'Thrill of the Grill' Chicken Challenge at Overlook Park in a fierce competition against Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero and his assistant Sandy Lucero. The fire officials received a certificate and special trophy declaring them the 2013 chicken kings and the sheriff received a comical chicken hat.

Governor and Albuquerque Mayor Urge New Mexicans to Attend Public Fireworks Displays Tonight

on July 4, 2013 - 8:16am

Gov. Susana Martinez




Santa Fe - Gov. Susana Martinez and Mayor Richard J. Berry urged New Mexicans to not use their own fireworks and instead attend a public display on the 4th of July.


The Governor and Albuquerque Mayor spoke Wedensday afternoon at Balloon Fiesta Park, where the City of Albuquerque will host its Freedom Fourth Fireworks Display on July 4th as part of the annual Red, White and Balloons celebration.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry


“We have been blessed to have no loss of life or structures burned this season and we want to keep it that

Sheriff Marco Lucero Takes on Fire Officials in Saucy Chicken Cook-Off at 3 p.m. July 4

on July 3, 2013 - 10:04pm

Sheriff Marco Lucero

LAOG News:

With Police Chief Wayne Torpy on sick leave and staffing issues at the police department, Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero has accepted the invitation to step in and compete in the "Thrill of the Grill" Chicken Challenge 3-5 p.m. July 4 at Overlook Park.

Sheriff Lucero, assisted by his wife Sandy, will take on Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, assisted by Fire Chief Troy Hughes.  

Fire Chief Troy Hughes

Their culinary skills will be determined by a trio of esteemed judges including County Councilor Kristin Henderson, Superintendent Gene

Los Alamo Firefighters Rescue American Flag

on July 3, 2013 - 11:33am

When members of American Legion Post 90 on Trinity Drive attempted to lower their flags to half staff early Tuesday morning to honor the firefighters who lost their lives in Arizona, they discovered fierce winds had hooked one of the flags over the top of the pole. Los Alamos firefighters responded to the scene with a ladder truck, which Firefighter Robert Ortiz used to climb and unhook the flag. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Firefighter Robert Ortiz climbs up to unhook the flag from its flagpole at the American Legion early Tuesday morning, assisted by Firefighter Matt Williams at

Thrill of the Grill Cook-Off July 4 at Overlook

on July 3, 2013 - 6:55am

Los Alamos Firefighters Collect Donations for Families of Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew

on July 2, 2013 - 9:33am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department is collecting donations for the families of the 19 firefighters in the Granite Mountain Hot Shot crew who tragically lost their lives Sunday, June 30 in the Yarnell Wildfire in Prescott, Ariz.

The firefighters defended Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory from the Las Conchas Fire of June 2011, and more recently from the threat of the Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez Mountains west of Los Alamos.

Visit the LAFD table at the Fourth of July event at Overlook Park Thursday to sign a banner for the families with your condolences, or to make


Thompson Ridge Fire Declared 100 Percent Contained

on July 2, 2013 - 7:14am

BAER Assessment Team sifts through ash from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Thompson Ridge fire was officially declared 100 percent contained last night.

Mop-up and patrol will continue.

While many wildfires cause minimal damage to the land and pose few threats to the land or people downstream, some fires result in damage that requires special efforts to reduce impacts afterwards. Loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; water run-off may increase and cause flooding.

NM Governor Orders Flags Flown at Half Staff to Honor Arizona's Fallen Firefighters

on July 1, 2013 - 6:50pm



Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered that all flags in New Mexico be flown at half-staff from sunrise July 2 to sundown July 5 in honor and mourning of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Firefighters.


The thoughts and prayers of all New Mexicans go out to the families and friends of these fallen heroes and we honor them for their courageous service, she said.




WHEREAS, nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, part of the Prescott Fire Department, lost their lives Sunday, June 30th, 2013, while battling the

NM Governor Addresses Arizona Firefighter Deaths

on July 1, 2013 - 11:56am



Albuquerque - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez released the following statement this morning about the tragic deaths of Arizona Hotshot Firefighters this weekend in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Central Arizona:


"I was saddened to hear the news about the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona, members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, based in Prescott. They were killed when the wind suddenly shifted as they fought the fast-moving Yarnell Hill Fire, sparked by lightning.


"For New Mexicans, this news hits especially close to home because just a few short weeks ago,

Warnings Issued For Flooding and Mudflows

on June 30, 2013 - 10:50am

Flooding Downstream of Burned Areas Precautions:

NOTE: It is important that residents take steps to protect themselves and their property from flooding and mudflows.

Residents living near or around a recently burned area need to:

Monitor local weather reports and public safety bulletins, local road closures, emergency notifications, weather alerts, follow local county and city advisories, and act accordingly.

Use a “weather radio” or smart phone “weather apps” that monitors “all hazards” alerts issued by the NOAA-National Weather Service:

Prepare for

Firefighters Respond to Four Lightning Fires

on June 30, 2013 - 8:38am

Current fires on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FEFirefighters responded to four lightning caused fires as a result of Friday's massive thunderstorm in the area.

The Rattlesnake, Alameda and San Antonio fires all located on the west side of the Forest within the Jemez Mountains have been contained. The fires ranged in size from .10 to .25 acres.

Firefighters are still working to contain the Aragon Fire, also burning in the Jemez Mountains.

Fire Name: Aragon

Time/Date Reported: 10:02 a.m., June 29, 2013

Location: Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe

Kiwanis Crew Prepares for Thursday's Fireworks Extravaganza

on June 29, 2013 - 9:54am

Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos fireworks crew members assembled early this morning at Overlook Park to prepare for Thursday's 4th of July extravaganza. Photo by Greg Kendall/


The Kiwanis Club has announced the schedule for Thursday's 4th of July extravaganza at Overlook Park.

2 to 9 p.m. Bouncy toys - huge selection from Ton-O-Fun. Atomic City Buses begin running from Sullivan Field to the Park and around White Rock

3 to 5 p.m. The Nomads perform prov
ided by Russ Gordon Concerts

3 to 5 p.m.

Fire Station Six Remodel Enters Stucco Phase

on June 29, 2013 - 9:25am
Workers apply stucco to exterior walls on the expansion project underway at Los Alamos Fire Station 6 on East Road. Photo by Leland Lehman/
The Fire Station 6 remodel project is scheduled for completion by mid July. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Staff Report
The remodeling project underway at Los Alamos Fire Department Station 6, 457 East Road near the airport has entered the stucco stage.
County Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust said the project is expected to be completed by mid July with final inspection sometime in August.
Kohlrust explained that

Los Alamos Firefighters Douse White Rock Brush Fire

on June 27, 2013 - 10:05pm

A small blaze broke out this afternoon in dry weeds growing near the front of the White Rock Lutheran Church on Meadow Lane in White Rock. Los Alamos Firefighters arrived within minutes and quickly extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Thompson Ridge Fire 95 Percent Contained ... 3 Percent Sustained High Intensity Burn

on June 27, 2013 - 10:15am

Initial Burn Severity Map for Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy/BAER

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Thompson Ridge BAER specialists recently completed their field surveys and are finalizing their analysis and findings.

The hydrologists and soils scientists finished their modeling for predicted post-fire water run-off and erosion levels.

The BAER team identified critical values-at-risk and is finalizing their recommended emergency stabilization actions and treatments for these values that will be included in their BAER assessment report along with their data, analysis, and findings.

Council Extends Proclamation on Fireworks Restrictions

on June 26, 2013 - 3:34pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes receives a 30-day extension to a fireworks ban proclamation from Councilor Steve Girrens on behalf of the Council at Tuesday's meeting. The ban relates to members of the public. The County has granted permission to the Kiwanis Club to hold its annual July 4 extravaganza at Overlook Park. Hughes said firefighters will not be pulled for any of the six Los Alamos fire stations for the event. Salaried fire personnel as well as volunteers will stand watch at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark


Thompson Ridge Fire Bear Cub Gains Weight

on June 26, 2013 - 11:51am

VCNP News:

Sunday, June 16, a hungry, thirsty and frightened bear cub was searching for the mother he lost during the Thompson Ridge Fire on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Firefighters working the line came across the cub a day earlier and decided to add him to their monitoring duties. They watched from a distance as he climbed trees and scampered in and out of the tall grass. But when it became obvious a mother-cub reunion would not come in time to save the toddler’s life his buddies on the fire line called for help.

New Mexico Game and Fish Department was summoned to collect the

LAFD: Public Safety Highest Priority At Fireworks Display

on June 25, 2013 - 9:25am

Fire Chief Troy Hughes




Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes commented this morning on public safety and the upcoming fireworks display sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.


The County contracts with the Kiwanis to provide the fireworks for the popular, family-friendly annual event held at Overlook Park in White Rock each Independence Day. At this point, the fireworks display is scheduled to go on as planned; however, Hughes stressed that many public safety and fire-wise considerations have been taken into account in the early planning stages.


“We worked closely for

Thompson Ridge Fire Update

on June 25, 2013 - 7:41am

Smoldering Areas of the Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,937; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed power line; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 90 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 3 crews, 6 engines, 5 water tenders, 1 dozer; Total personnel: 170 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: Acreage on the Thompson Ridge Fire increased by 18 acres according to last night’s infra-red flight.

Arbitrator Finds in Favor of Los Alamos County in Firefighter Dispute

on June 24, 2013 - 5:37pm


An arbitrator has determined that Los Alamos County acted within its rights in terminating a firefighter who lost his security clearance at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Edwin Render delivered his opinion recently following a February hearing.

The Los Alamos Firefighters Association, Local 3279 initiated the arbitration under the terms of the association’s collective bargaining agreement with the County after the employee lost his security clearance for failing to comply with a request from LANL staff that he submit a urine sample as part of a random drug screening process.

Los Alamos Fire Experts Scrutinized Equipment for Kiwanis Club's 4th of July Extravaganza

on June 23, 2013 - 1:34pm

As part of an intense safety evaluation process recently conducted in collaboration with experts at the Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Kiwanians Rick Reiss and Pat Soran demonstrate the firing system for the fireworks show set for the 4th of July at Overlook Park in White Rock. From left, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Capt. Kelly Sterna, Reiss, Deputy Chief Glenn Trehern and Soran. Courtesy photo

From left, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Fire Capt. Kelly Sterna, Kiwanian Rick Reiss and Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Trehern. Reiss briefs the fire