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SFNF: 150 Acres Completed On Borrego Mesa Burn

on November 1, 2018 - 7:21am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) completed 150 acres of a 200 acre broadcast burn Tuesday on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit.
 
The broadcast burn reduces the risk of high-severity wildfire. The treatment area consists of slash left behind from wood cutting.
 
The remaining 50 acres are expected to be completed sometime between early November and Dec. 31.
 
The area is approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas.

SFNF: Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

on October 31, 2018 - 7:27am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Due to favorable conditions, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) began a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit today.
 
Favorable conditions, such as acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, will allow up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit to be treated anytime between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2.
 
Fire managers plan to target heavier slash left behind from wood cutting to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
The area is located approximately five miles East of

Prescribed Fire Innovation: All Hands All Lands Burn Team Completes Work In Taos Ski Valley, Carson National Forest

on October 28, 2018 - 8:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild have worked together for more than a month using prescribed fire across more than 2,900 acres to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.

These forests are adapted to fire and need low-intensity burns to remain healthy. The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is a fully qualified team designed to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.

Walking A Day In A Firefighter's Shoes

on October 25, 2018 - 12:32pm
Los Alamos Daily Post Reporter Kirsten Laskey, center, with other participants during the LAFD's Firefighter for a Day program. LAFD/Courtesy
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s amazing what can be learned when you put your feet in another person’s shoes. Particularly if those shoes are thick-soled, rubber black boots. Just trying to shove your feet down into them requires a good deal of stamina. Once your feet fit in, however, where those shoes can take you will astound and amaze.

Early Saturday morning about 20 people ranging from laboratory

Jemez Ranger District Joaquin Piles Burn Begins Today

on October 25, 2018 - 10:59am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today on piles that will reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Fire managers will take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and recent precipitation.

Should the weather permit this morning, crews will treat up to 230 acres of the Joaquin piles.

The Joaquin piles area is 6.5 miles north of Gilman, just south of Porter Landing. Smoke may be visible from Cuba, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, N.M.

Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Changed To Oct. 25

on October 22, 2018 - 5:47pm

Scene from a previous prescribed burn. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  – Fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) anticipate a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit as early as Thursday, Oct. 25.

Conditions were not favorable enough for the anticipated start date of Oct. 22; therefore, should favorable conditions allow, to include acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit may be treated anytime between Oct. 25 and Nov. 2.

Fire managers plan to target

Los Alamos Citizens Are Firefighters For A Day

on October 20, 2018 - 5:07pm
Most days they're County Councilors, scientists, school employees, County staffers or reporters, but Saturday they were firefighters for a day at the LAFD training facility on DP Road. The Los Alamos County Fire Department provided around 25 locals, including Los Alamos Daily Post Reporter Kirsten Laskey, an opportunity to suit up and find out what it is like to be a firefighter. Here, one of the participants climbs the training tower. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Going up the tower. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The crew hoists the climber into the air.

SFNF: Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Oct. 22

on October 18, 2018 - 7:29am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  If favorable conditions allow, to include acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may begin a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit as early as Monday, Oct. 22.
 
Up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit may be treated with a focus on heavier slash left by wood cutting to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.   
 
The area is approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas.

BLM Taos Field Office Plans Prescribed Burns Near Tres Piedras And Cerro Areas

on October 16, 2018 - 10:36am

BLM News:

TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management will conduct prescribed fires in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument during an approximate one-month period, beginning Oct. 22.

The burns are at Cerro Montoso and Cerro del Aire, 12 miles northeast and 4 miles northeast of Tres Piedras, respectively, and in the Guadalupe Mountains, approximately 1 mile south of Cerro.

Smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities, the monument, and highways N.M. 522, US 285 and US 64. Timing of the burns is dependent upon weather and burning conditions.

The purpose of the project is to improve

BLM Begins San Pedro Thinning Project

on October 15, 2018 - 9:57am
San Pedro area hazardous fuels thinning begins around Oct. 17. Courtesy/BLM
BLM News:
 
TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin hazardous fuels thinning in the San Pedro area beginning around Oct. 17 and carry on until Nov. 30.
 
The thinning project is expected to take 2-6 weeks; however, the exact timing is subject to weather and ground conditions.
 
The San Pedro fuels reduction project is located on BLM lands on the south side of N.M. 344, approximately one mile east of the intersection of N.M. 14 and N.M.

Council Proclaims Oct. 7-13 Fire Prevention Week

on October 4, 2018 - 6:07am

Los Alamos County Councilor Morris Pongratz, left, presents a proclamation to LAFD Wildland Fire Chief Kelly Sterna Tuesday night during the County Council meeting recognizing Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation recognizing Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week Tuesday night during the Los Alamos County Council meeting.
 
Councilor Morris Pongratz presented the proclamation.
 
Proclamation:
 
WHEREAS: Los Alamos County is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all who

Jemez Ranger District Tent Rocks Prescribed Burn

on September 30, 2018 - 7:50am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement a prescribed burn, if conditions allow, between Oct. 15 and Nov. 30 in the Tent Rocks area.
 
The treatment area is approximately 3.5 miles north of Jemez Springs, NM and less than 1 mile southwest of La Cueva, NM. The Tent Rocks prescribed burn is to reduce risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Favorable conditions measured include fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds and weather forecasts.

Jemez Ranger District To Begin Joaquin Piles Burn

on September 29, 2018 - 9:14am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions sometime between Oct. 15 and Feb. 28, 2019 on Joaquin piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 347 acres of the Joaquin piles.
 
The Joaquin piles area is located along the southern edge of Forest Road (FR) 534 and west of FR 376 about six miles west of Jemez Springs.

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Update

on September 26, 2018 - 7:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) completed a 545 acre prescribed burn Monday in the Santa Fe Watershed, about three miles east of the City of Santa Fe, to help protect the watershed from high intensity wildfire.
 
Prescribed burning is not planned in the watershed again until the spring.
 
The 545 acre prescribed burn was conducted in proximity to Nichols and McClure Reservoirs. Parts of a 450 acre area northeast of Nichols Reservoir received treatment, as did parts of a 500 acre area just south of McClure Reservoir.
 
Historically, low- to

Cedar Springs Prescribed Burn Mid-September Update

on September 25, 2018 - 2:59pm
Courtesy/USDA
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to begin ignitions today on the Cedar Springs prescribed burn to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions, which include fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds and weather forecasts are favorable for ignitions. Up to 500 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the Cedar Springs area. The total prescribed burn area is 1,454 acres.
 
Forest Roads 6 and 7 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged from

SFNF: French Mesa Prescribed Burn Update

on September 25, 2018 - 6:51am
Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire Managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest completed the French Mesa prescribed burn Thursday.
 
The objective was met by the total of 3,580 acres that were successfully treated.
 
The prescribed burn was conducted to improve wildlife forage and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open to the public, but travelers are advised to take extreme caution when entering into or near the burn areas.

LAPD And LAFD Respond To Crash West Of Totavi

on September 23, 2018 - 5:24pm

Two tow trucks, each towing a vehicle were spotted leaving the scene of an accident at approximately 4:30 p.m. today west of Totavi, at right about the 40 mph zone area. Details will be published as soon as available. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Forest Service Teams Work To Increase Prescribed Burns To Protect Water Sources, Wildlife & Reduce Risk

on September 22, 2018 - 2:15pm
FOREST SERVICE News:
 
SANTA FE The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild are working together to increase the use of prescribed fire to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.
 
The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is unique in that it is designed to stand-up a fully qualified team to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.
 
The practice of prescribe fire promotes ecological health in frequent fire forests, reduces hazardous

Los Alamos Public Safety Assoc. Awards Scholarships

on September 22, 2018 - 10:56am

Public safety scholarship recipients Michaela Robertson, left, and Lee Ann Quintana with LAPSA members from center to right, LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dawald, LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts and LANL Emergency Response Group Leader Jeff Dare Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney congratulates LAPSA scholarship recipients. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of the Los Alamos Public Safety Association (LAPSA) presented two educational scholarships to students during a

SFNF: Bales Fire Update

on September 22, 2018 - 1:06am
SFNF News:
 
Bales Fire Update:
 
Start Date: Smoke reported Sept. 14
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 14 acres
 
Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 50%
 
Fuels: Mixed conifer, dead and down
 
Weather: Partly cloudy, winds out of southwest 5-10 mph
 
Resources: 50 personnel
 
Situation: The Bales Fire is in the Bales Canyon area along Forest Road 534 approximately two and one half miles southwest of the Chaparral Girl Scout Camp on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Fire activity is low.

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Planned Sunday

on September 20, 2018 - 3:10pm
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 winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed starting Sunday, Sept. 23.
 
Two separate units expected to be treated within the Santa Fe Watershed total 950 acres and are approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe.
 
One unit is 450 acres northeast of Nichols Reservoir, and the other is 500 acres just south of McClure Reservoir.

Batalion Chief Joseph Candelaria Retires From LAFD Today

on September 19, 2018 - 5:47pm

Los Alamos Fire Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria is retiring today – his birthday – after 17.5 years of service to the community. He remembers the day he started at LAFD. It was July 9, 2001. ‘It’s bittersweet,’ Candelaria told the Los Alamos Daily Post today at Fire Station 1. ‘Public service has been my whole life.’ Candelaria is moving into a new career soon and will take on the position of deputy group leader in the Institutional Training Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Woman Crashes Into Fence At Sullivan Field

on September 19, 2018 - 5:38pm

A woman driving a small white car around 8:45 p.m., Tuesday reportedly encountered brake failure and crashed into a fence at Sullivan Field on Diamond Drive. Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs treated her elderly male passenger at the scene for apparent minor injuries and transported him to Los Alamos Medical Center as a precaution. It appears the impact of the crash damaged the fence as well as the wooden structure behind it. Police said the woman was not cited in the incident. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD EMTs assist an elderly male passenger at the scene of a one-vehicle

LAPS Pilot Initiative: New Safety Assurances At Events

on September 19, 2018 - 4:40pm

LAPS News:

This is an invitation for comments and suggestions about a pilot safety initiative being implemented this year at Los Alamos Public Schools athletic events.

The pilot program includes a “no re-entry” practice for scheduled games at Sullivan Field, Griffith Gym, Brousseau Gym and Hawk Field. For the safety and security of students and guests, re-entry into athletic events at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School is currently restricted.

Our increasing focus on safety is aligned with suggestions from local leaders and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety

SFNF: French Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

on September 19, 2018 - 7:52am
USDA Forest Service fire crew ignite forest fuels Tuesday in the French Mesa fuelwood area of the Coyote Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) began ignitions Tuesday on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions,

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