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Thompson Ridge Fire Update June 9 Evening

on June 9, 2013 - 10:38pm
Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Thompson Ridge Fire Update
June 9, 2013 evening

Acres: 20,700; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 40 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 21 crews, 49 engines, 31 water tenders, 4 dozers; Total personnel: 1,014 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Summary: Today there was a small amount of rainfall near the northeast area of the fire.

N.M. 4 Road Closure Update

on June 9, 2013 - 1:09pm

VCNP News:

N.M. 4 is closed from New Mexico Highway 126 to New Mexico Highway 501.

There will be no deliveries from USPS, FedEx and UPS during this closure.

Only full time residents of Cochiti Mesa and properties accessed from Forest Road 268 and Forest Road 289 will be able to go to and from their properties along N.M. 4 to Highway 501.  

Only full time residents of Sierra los Pinos and properties accessed from Forest Road 10 will be able to go to and from their properties along N.M. 4 to SR 126. They will not be able to proceed east on N.M.

N.M. 4 Closed at SR 126 to SR 501 Junction

on June 9, 2013 - 11:39am
Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire visible driving west from Pojoaque early Saturday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Thompson Ridge Fire Update
June 9, 2013

Acres: 20,687; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 40 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 21 crews, 52 engines, 35 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 1,023  and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Summary: Fire intensity increased significantly along the slopes just west

Thompson Ridge Fire Estimated Containment Date is June 10

on June 8, 2013 - 9:17am

Gov. Susana Martinez

Thompson Ridge Fire Update

The Thompson Ridge Fire started May 31, 2013. It is located on the Valles Caldera National Preserve about two miles northeast of La Cueva.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will be in attendance at a public meeting scheduled for the Thompson Ridge Fire at 4 p.m. today, Saturday, June 8. The meeting will be at the Fire Station in Sierra los Pinos, south of N.M. 4 on FR 10. The Arizona Central West Zone team will be present to give an update on the fire.

The fire is in steep rugged terrain and is burning mixed conifer and ponderosa pine.

Letter to the Editor: Don't Blame Mother Nature For Fires

on June 7, 2013 - 1:26pm
By Christina E. E. Anderson
Los Alamos

I would like to take issue with Jared McDonald's statement that once again "we are under attack with Mother Nature's greatest criminals." (June 6, 2013 ladailypost.com)
 
It seems to me that Mother Nature isn't at fault. Rather the power company whose pole caused hot wires to come into contact with trees. This happened west of
Boulder, Colo., where I lived in 2003. Twelve homes were destroyed and acres and acres of forest were burned. Some have yet to recover.
 
Many victims from the wildlife were dislocated and some were even killed or badly

Alert: Heavy Police Presence to Limit Public Activity, Travel on N.M. 4 from Jemez Springs to Los Alamos and Highway 126 to Cuba

on June 7, 2013 - 12:54pm

SFNF News Alert:

Public Advisory: We would like to encourage everyone to limit activity and travel on N.M. 4 from Jemez Springs to Los Alamos and Highway 126 to Cuba due to heavy fire traffic in and around the Thompson Ridge Fire. 

Heavy police presence from the Sandoval and New Mexico State Police Departments will be in the area to monitor traffic.

For more information regarding the fire please visit www.inciweb.org or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ThompsonRdgFire. Additional photos and information are available at www.facebook.com/ThompsonRdgFire and

Biologists Rescue Trout Threatened by Tres Lagunas Fire

on June 7, 2013 - 11:46am
Game and Fish biologists remove cutthroat trout in Macho Creek threatened by the Tres Lagunas Fire. Courtesy photo
 
NMGF News:

 PECOS – Fisheries biologists with the Department of Game and Fish and the Santa Fe National Forest removed 49 Rio Grande cutthroat trout from a small creek threatened by the Tres Lagunas Fire this week, ensuring the pure strain of native fish will survive if the fire threatens its watershed.

A crew of 10 hiked two miles up Macho Creek, about three miles southwest of Terrero, and used electroshocking equipment to stun and net the trout.

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Udall and Heinrich: Prevent Fires From Downed Power Lines

on June 7, 2013 - 11:14am

Downed power line illustration. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.Following news that recent fires in New Mexico were caused by downed power lines, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are encouraging cooperation between utility companies and federal agencies to keep trees away from power lines and reduce the risk of wildfires.
 
Downed power lines have caused several wildfires, including the Tres Lagunas and Thompson Ridge fires currently burning in northern New Mexico.
 
In letters to the U.S.

Thompson Ridge Fire Burning on Redondo Peak Thursday

on June 7, 2013 - 10:57am

The Thompson Ridge Fire burning on Redondo Peak just west of Los Alamos taken after sunset Thursday, June 6. Photo by Momo Vuyisich/WildWestGallery.com

Thomas Ridge Fire Images on the Valles Caldera

on June 7, 2013 - 10:48am

Spot fires from the Thompson Ridge Fire at Headquarters Wednesday evening at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jim ODonnell

An Air Crane passes Headquarters with a fresh load of water from the Jemez River. Photo by Jim ODonnell

A closeup of the understory burn from the Thompson Ridge Fire Wednesday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jim ODonnell

An Air Crane siphons water from the Jemez River. Photo by Jim ODonnell

A healthy underbrush burn on the west side of the Valle Wednesday. Photo by Jim ODonnell

 

Morning Fire Update: Thompson Ridge 10 Percent Contained; Tres Lagunas 34 Percent

on June 7, 2013 - 9:01am
Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire visible Thursday looking west from Espanola. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Thompson Ridge Fire Update
Friday, June 7, 2013, 8 a.m.

Acres: 14,430; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 10 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 25 crews, 49 engines, 23 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 1,015; Available air support: 3 air tankers, 4 helicopters;

Summary: Overnight, the fire activity was quiet compared with previous nights.

Los Alamos Fire Station 6 Undergoes Makeover

on June 7, 2013 - 8:36am

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

A  major remodel in underway at Los Alamos Fire Department Station 6 at 457 East Road near the airport.
 
County Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust explained that one bay is being expanded to accommodate LAFD's "Crash Truck" that services the airport. The current bay was just 4 inches wider than the crash truck. A second bay is under construction to accommodate a "Wildfire Truck." The firefighters' weight room is being expanded and additional storage space added to the station.
 
The project is
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Thompson Ridge Fire on The Valles Caldera - Update June 6 at 9 p.m.

on June 6, 2013 - 11:16pm

Valles Caldera National Preserve June 5. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Thompson Ridge Fire
June 6, 2013 9 p.m.

Acres: 12,900, Start date: May 31, 2013, Cause: Downed powerline Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, Containment: 10 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 25 crews, 49 engines, 23 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 1,015; Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Summary: Crews continue to work day and night shifts to take advantage of a narrow window of favorable weather to conduct burnout operations along the

Valles Caldera Buildings Remain Intact

on June 6, 2013 - 10:05pm

Structure protection is underway at the Valles Caldera as the Thompson Ridge Fire approached the Historic Ranch section of the Valles Caldera. So far firefighters have protected all buildings on the Preserve. All public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve remains closed to the public due to increased fire activity from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

The Best Offense Is a Good Defense. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

Old Growth Protection. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

Another structure saved at the Valles Caldera.

Thompson Ridge; Tres Lagunas Fire Updates - Morning of June 6

on June 6, 2013 - 9:17pm

The Thompson Ridge Fire on the Valles Caldera National Preserve Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Thompson Ridge Fire Update
Thursday June 6, 2013 9 a.m.

Acres: 12,171; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 5 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 23 crews, 36 engines, 8 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 816 Available air support: 3 air tankers, 7 helicopters.

Summary: Yesterday and last night, lower temperatures and slightly higher humidity created

Letter to the Editor: So Much Anger Toward Fires

on June 6, 2013 - 1:24pm
By Jaret McDonald
Los Alamos

To all of our friends here in New Mexico: Once again we are under attack with Mother Natures finest criminals.
 
So much anger and depression toward the two big fires, once again taking our mountains and subjecting us to a life we didn't expect.
 
We have a place for anyone out of place and hearts feel for all of us. Remember that life will begin again and will come back.
 
We understand that it might take a "few" years, but it will come back. New Mexico is great but the people are what make it amazing. Keep your heads up ... We will prevail!

House Passes Luján Amendment to Increase Funding for Wildfire Preparedness and Preventative Measures

on June 6, 2013 - 11:05am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District offered an amendment late last night to the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act to increase funding for grant programs that help communities prepare for wildfires.

The amendment passed the House with broad bipartisan support by a 287 to 136 vote this morning. Below are Representative Luján's remarks from last night. Click here<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=579fTTs_gLM&feature=youtu.be> to watch Luján's speech.

"Madam Chair, in what has been one of the worst

Thompson Ridge Fire Update - Evening of June 5

on June 5, 2013 - 10:21pm

The Thompson Ridge Fire battle continues behind the Valles Caldera Headquarters area. Courtesy/VCT

VALLES CALDERA TRUST News:

Thompson Ridge Fire Update

June 5, 2013  9 p.m.

Acres: 10,400                                   

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Downed powerline              

Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve

Containment: 5 percent                      

Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine

Terrain: Steep, rugged                       

Resources: 23 crews, 36 engines, 8 water tenders, 2 dozers

Total personnel: 816

Available air support: 3 airtankers, 6

Tips For Emergency Preparedness

on June 5, 2013 - 1:06pm

COUNTY News:

A great publication to help you prepare yourself and your family for disasters is FEMA's Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness (publication IS-22.)

Along with its sister DVD, "Getting Ready for Disaster," both provide a step-by-step outline on how to prepare a disaster supply kit, emergency planning for people with disabilities, how to locate and evacuate to a shelter, and even contingency planning for family pets. Naturally occurring events as well as man-made threats from hazardous materials and terrorism are also covered in detail.

Are You Ready?

Thompson Ridge Fire Shuts Down Valles Caldera National Preserve

on June 5, 2013 - 12:51pm

Valle Grande. Photo by Glen Wurden

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – All public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve is closed to the public due to increased fire activity from the Thompson Ridge Fire.

The Fire has burned more than 9,000 acres near the western border of the preserve since the fire began Friday, May 31. All recreational programs and activities on the Valles Caldera National Preserve have been suspended until the area is considered safe for visitors to return.  

The timing of what programs may be resumed will be determined after close collaboration with the Incident

NMEOC/DHSEM Thompson Ridge Fire Update

on June 5, 2013 - 11:44am

NMEOC/DHSEM News:

Updated information the Thompson Ridge Fire this morning from the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center and the Dept. of Homeland Security emergency Management:

  • The fire has grown to 9,394 acres.
  • There is a spot fire burning just north of the fire line and is approximately 68 acres: It is lined and believed to be contained. Much of the focus will be on the spot fire today and this evening.
  • The main fire has moved past the Valles Caldera HQ structures with no damage reported.
  • More resource requests have been made for equipment.
  • Thompson Ridge evacuation area may be lifted this

Thompson Ridge; Tres Lagunas Fire Updates - Morning of June 5

on June 5, 2013 - 11:21am

THOMPSON RIDGE FIRE UPDATE

Wednesday June 5, 2013 9 a.m.

Acres: 9,394

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Human

Location: 10 miles north of Jemez

Containment: 5 percent

Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine

Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 17 crews, 29 engines, 4 water tenders, 3 dozers

Total personnel: 557 Available air support: 3 airtankers, 9 helicopters

Summary: Yesterday’s weather was once again the driving force for extreme fire behavior. This erratic behavior continued until 3:00 a.m.

County Council Imposes Fireworks Restrictions

on June 4, 2013 - 9:56pm
Ash and scorched pine needles fall from the smokey sky looking west over the Gold Street Apartments and throughout Los Alamos today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Smoke fills the sky looking west just past the White Rock 'Y' today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report
 
The Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation this evening declaring extreme fire conditions exist in Los Alamos County and imposing restrictions on the use of fireworks as follows:

WHEREAS: the weather in North Central New Mexico, including Los Alamos County, has been extremely

Alert: County Is Under Stage II Fire Restrictions

on June 4, 2013 - 10:44am

COUNTY News:

Effective Wednesday, June 5, 2013 and in concert with the U.S. Forest Service,  National Park Service and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County is under Stage II Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • Discharging of firearms except at designated shooting ranges
  • Fireworks as outlined in

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