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LAFD Wraps Up Granite Mountain Family Donations This Weekend

on July 17, 2013 - 9:32am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department is wrapping up donation collections for the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots who tragically lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill Wildfire in Prescott, Ariz. June 30.

These same 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.

LAFD firefighters will host a table at the summer concert this Friday evening at Marimac Plaza where they will offer the opportunity for residents to sign

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Emergency Stabilization Plan Approved for Thompson Ridge

on July 16, 2013 - 10:39am

Courtesy/SFNF

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Thompson Ridge Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has received final approval for its emergency stabilization request and recommendations involving burned areas affected by the Thompson Ridge Fire.

“Now that the plan is approved, we can move forward with the treatments suggested by the assessment team,” said John Barksdale, Thompson Ridge BAER implementation team leader. “Once we are staffed with specialists to oversee projects, we will begin implementing those treatments.”

Initial treatments could begin as early as next week.

Be Prepared for Flooding Due to Wildfires

on July 16, 2013 - 9:31am

BAER News:

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Assessment Team has provided the following information.

Jaroso Fire Facts: 11,149 acres; 25 percent contained. Monsoonal showers have decreased fire activity. No significant growth is projected. 

The rainy season is here. Areas downstream of recent wildfires are flooding. Be ready!

 Click here to check today’s Burn Scar Matrix

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

Flooding and Debris Threats Subject of Public Meeting

on July 16, 2013 - 8:56am

BAER News:

A public meeting to discuss potential flooding and debris flow threats from the Jaroso Burn Scar to Cundiyo and surrounding communities is 6 p.m. today, July 16, at the Cundiyo Community Center, 5 Jose Simons Dr., Cundiyo, 10.5 miles from the Pojoaque turnoff where 503 begins.

This meeting is sponsored by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Assessment Team.

For more information, contact Rob Arlowe, BAER team leader at (505) 331-3881.

Letter to the Editor: Bury Power Lines Through or Near Forests

on July 11, 2013 - 8:36am
By Jody Jones and Dan Cather
White Rock
 

This is in response to a column by Sherry Robinson that ran July 3, 2013 in the LA Monitor entitled, "Cut hundreds of trees or lose them to fire."

A third, and more effective option is never mentioned. Bury all power lines through or near the forests. This is a proven method of providing utility service, and its use in forests is long overdue. All the discussions about clearing vegetation, purchasing wider easements and interagency cooperation are fruitless.

Even with 150-foot easements, a downed power line can ignite weeds and fire can run

Thompson Ridge Burn Scar Experiences Monsoon Events

on July 10, 2013 - 8:07am

Sulfur Creek Burned Area. Courtesy/NPS

Thompson Ridge BAER Assessment Update:

JEMEZ SPRINGSFor the past few days, the Thompson Ridge burn scar has experienced some monsoon rain events.

The Forest Services Jemez Springs Ranger Station and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) shared these recent observations:

  • Saturday afternoon, July 6, there was some minor sheet flow flooding along the VC02 road in the lower Redondo Canyon (near the west gate), but no flooding was reported in the upper Redondo watershed (Union building and up-canyon) area.
  • Monday afternoon, July 8, Sulphur Creek

Fire Restrictions Relaxed Across Los Alamos County

on July 9, 2013 - 9:45am

COUNTY News:

Officials in the Los Alamos Fire Department announced this morning that the County will relax fire restrictions from Stage II to Stage I, effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 10.

The County has been under Stage II restrictions since June 25 due to extreme fire danger. 

 The relaxation of fire restrictions is based upon:

  • Local weather improvement, including:

o    Recent regular rainfall

o    The local seven-day forecast, which reflects continued rain and cloud cover

o    Rising humidity values in the weather

  • Fuel condition improvements, including:

o    Reduction in fire

New Mexico Governor Attending Arizona Firefighters Memorial Today

on July 9, 2013 - 6:27am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
Santa Fe - Gov. Susana Martinez will attend Today's memorial service for 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed last Sunday when a wildfire overran them on a mountainside northwest of Phoenix.
 
It was the deadliest day for U.S. fire crews since 9/11. The service will take place at 11 a.m. at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Ariz.
 
"It's a great honor to represent New Mexico to pay our respects to these American heroes," Martinez said. "This is a reminder that this is very dangerous work, and we have thousands of men and women on the front
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Sign Remembrance Banner at Friday's Summer Concert

on July 8, 2013 - 2:00pm

Community invited to sign the remembrance banner at Friday's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department is continuing to collect donations for the families of the 19 firefighters tragically killed in the line of duty while fighting the Yarnell Hill Wildfire in Arizona a week ago.

They will collect donations and have the remembrance banner that can be signed at the next Summer Concert this Friday evening at Ashley Pond Park.

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Alert: Areas Downstream of Recent Wildfires Will Flood!

on July 7, 2013 - 9:37am

Courtesy/NWS

SFNF News:

Fire Facts:

Thompson Ridge: 23,965 acres; 100 percent contained

Tres Lagunas: 10,219 acres; 100 percent contained

Jaroso: 11,141 acres; 0 percent contained

Post-fire Flooding:

The rainy season is here. Areas downstream of recent wildfires will flood. Be ready!

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

Los Alamos Firefighters Help Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew Families

on July 7, 2013 - 9:02am

Los Alamos Firefighters collect donations from community members at Gordons Summer Concert Friday night at the Coop to help the families of the 19 fallen firefighters in Arizona. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Firefighter Cari Mace and fellow firefighters and the rest of the department have raised several thousand dollars for the families of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew who lost their lives battling a horrific wildfire last week in Arizona. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com 
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Photographer Remembers the 19 Fallen Firefighters

on July 6, 2013 - 12:47pm

Several members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots discuss the fire behavior of a night burnout operation on the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

 

Photographer Remembers the 19 Fallen Firefighters
By KRISTEN HONIG, Valles Caldera  

Like many of you, I was in complete shock after hearing initial reports of 19 fatalities on a fire in Arizona last Sunday.

After a little investigating, I realized the fire was near Prescott, home base of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and that they were assigned to the fire. My heart sank.

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

on July 6, 2013 - 10:15am

STATE News:

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 honorguardforyarnellfallen@gmail.com:

  • Total number of personnel coming, and their position; Specify Honor Guard,
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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/ladailypost.com

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/ladailypost.com

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/ladailypost.com

 

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

on July 4, 2013 - 8:16am

Gov. Susana Martinez

 

STATE News:

 

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/ladailypost.com

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

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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

STATE News:

 

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.

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2013-026:

 

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

STATE News:

 

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,

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