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San Juan Prescribed Burn 100 Percent Complete

on October 19, 2012 - 11:18pm

SFNF News:

Fire managers have completed ignitions for the week on the 7,300 acre San Juan prescribed burn, Jemez Ranger District.

All 7,300 acres were successfully treated over a three day period. The prescribed burn was completed two days early to avoid additional smoke impacts.

There will be no burning on the Santa Fe National Forest this weekend.

Next week, if conditions are favorable, fire managers will continue prescribed burning on the Chaparral prescribed burn, Cuba Ranger District.

The Chaparral prescribed burn is a smaller burn compared to the San Jun Prescribed Burn,

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San Juan Prescribed Burn 95 Percent Complete

on October 18, 2012 - 8:44pm

SFNF News:

San Juan Prescribed Burn 95 percent Complete - 7,000 acres treated, 300 acres remain

Fire managers have completed ignitions on the San Juan prescribed burn for today, Thursday, Oct. 18.

Today, 5,750 acres were successfully treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Since yesterday, 7,000 acres have been treated.

Favorable conditions allowed fire managers to treat a greater area today and complete most of the burn, therefore limiting the number of days smoke will be in the air.

Tonight, firefighters will remain on-site monitoring the burn area.

Tomorrow, if conditions are

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Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management Notification

on October 18, 2012 - 9:28am

SFNF News:

Fire managers have successfully treated 1,250 acres of the 7,300 acres scheduled scheduled for up to five days on the San Juan prescribed burn.

Flames and fire are visible from Cat and San Juan Mesas at night and residents will see a “glowing mountain” ... this is expected so don’t be alarmed.

Ignitions have started again today on the San Juan prescribed burn and fire managers will continue using hand ignitions to create a blackline along the southeastern/western perimeter of the burn area.

Blacklining consists of pre-burning of woody material on the ground adjacent to

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San Juan Prescribed Burn Begins Today

on October 17, 2012 - 9:15am

SFNF News:

Beginning today, Wednesday Oct. 17, if conditions are favorable, fire managers plan to begin the 7,300 acre San Juan prescribed burn, located 3-5 miles northeast of Jemez Springs

Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day. Prescribed burning is the managed application of fire to wildland fuels (woody material) under specified conditions, within predetermined boundaries in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection, and restore forest health.

The burn area is located three to five miles northeast of the Jemez Springs and four to eight

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San Juan Prescribed Burn Scheduled in Jemez Ranger District

on October 11, 2012 - 7:07am

SFNF News:

Next week if conditions are favorable, fire managers plan to begin the 7,300 acre San Juan prescribed burn 3-5 miles northeast of Jemez Springs. 

Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day.

Prescribed burning is the managed application of fire to wildland fuels (woody material) under specified conditions, within predetermined boundaries in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection and restore forest health.

The burn area is 4-8 miles northwest of the community of Ponderosa.

During the three to five day burning period, 7,300 acres of

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Small Blaze Burns in Brush Near Stables

on October 10, 2012 - 2:05pm

Firefighters quickly doused a fire that broke out in brush near the west end of the stables on North Mesa. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Police and Firefighters examine the site of a small brush fire near the County stables on North Mesa. Foam was used to quickly douse the fire. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

At 12:40 p.m. today, smoke was reported east of the Posse Lodge on North Mesa. Firefighters were on the scene a short time later and found a small fire burning in brush near the western edge of the North Mesa Stables.

"We didn't see

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IT'S ONLY A DRILL: 'Operation Hilltopper' Underway at Los Alamos High School

on October 8, 2012 - 7:12am

COUNTY News:

"Operation Hilltopper" is underway this morning at Los Alamos High School. Emergency first response organizations in Los Alamos County have, for the past year, been training their personnel, polishing their plans and tweaking their equipment in a comprehensive effort aimed at preparing to deal with a scenario that nobody hopes will ever arise – an active shooter loose at a school.   

"Operation Hilltopper" is a full-scale exercise designed to test police, fire, emergency medical support, Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos High School personnel and their abilities to

Juveniles Ignite Fire Behind Manhattan Loop

on October 4, 2012 - 11:55am

LAPD News:

Two 12-year-old Los Alamos boys started a fire in the canyon behind Manhattan Loop at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Los Alamos Firefighters doused the blaze and identified the two boys. Los Alamos Police met with the boys and referred them to the juvenile probation officer.

The boys apparently set some leaves on fire, which quickly spread to the surrounding ground cover, according to the police report.

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said the fire scorched a 30 foot by foot area of land and that no structures were affected.

Council Issues Proclamations for Health Awareness & Fire Safety

on October 2, 2012 - 7:37pm

Lorraine Hartway representing the Los Alamos Heart Council thanks Council for the Proclamation declaring Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 as " Health Awareness & Wellness Day" in Los Alamos County. Photo from Pac8 streaming video

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes accepts Council's Proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 7 through 13, 2012 as Fire Prevention Week in Los Alamos County. Photo from Pac 8 streaming video

Breaking News: Car Fire Near White Rock Y Blocks Traffic Earlier [Photos / Video]

on October 2, 2012 - 3:04pm

A car was found on fire approximately 100 feet from N.M. 502 near the White Rock Y underpass.  Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

At approximately 2:50 p.m. today,  Los Alamos Fire Department personnel responded to a vehicle fire near the White Rock Y close to the westbound-to-White Rock underpass. Video from the scene exclusive to the Los alamos Daily Post may be viewed below.

The dramatic rescue of the sole occupant, a 62-year-old man in the car, occurred prior to the car engine compartment bursting into flames, according to radio reports from the scene.

The man was later

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Espanola Ranger District to Start Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn

on October 2, 2012 - 7:06am

ESPANOLA RANGER DISTRICT News

The Espanola Ranger District anticipates initiating a prescribed burn Tuesday, Oct. 2 approximately three miles east of Santa Fe. Total acreage to be treated over two days is 207 acres and will occur as conditions permit. Smoke will likely be seen from Santa Fe, Pecos, Jemez, Tesuque, Los Alamos, Bernalillo, Albuquerque, and Espanola.  The treatments are being implemented to help protect the municipal water supply by reducing hazardous fuels, as well as help sustain watershed, forest and wildlife health.

Smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some

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Firefighters Douse Small Brush and Debris Fire

on September 30, 2012 - 8:01pm

Staff report

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

At approximately 6:25 p.m. this evening, firefighters responded to a small brush fire behind the apartments at 3100 Trinity Dr., west of the Reel Deal Theater. Pine needles, a rug, notepaper and other debris were found burning at the scene. The fire was quickly extinguished and the cause of the fire is being investigated. 


Firefighters extinguish the fire. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Pine needles, a rug, notepaper and debris were found burning when firefighters arrived on scene. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos

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Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn Continues

on September 26, 2012 - 7:09am

VALLES CALDERA TRUST News:

Jemez Springs – The Valles Caldera Trust Tuesday continued a prescribed burn project on 360 acres south of New Mexico Highway 4 near Mile Marker 30. 

The project began with 70 acres burned Monday and will continue through Wednesday. Smoke from the burn periodically drifts across the highway and reduces visibility.

To ensure the safety of the public, fire managers are using pilot cars to escort vehicles through the burn area when conditions warrant.

Motorists may experience short delays when driving through the burn area.

The burn is the final stage of a

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Cebollita Fire Burning Three Miles West of La Cueva

on September 21, 2012 - 4:20pm

JEMEZ RANGER DISTRICT News:

A fire was discovered today on the Jemez Ranger District three miles west of La Cueva.

Smoke from the Cebollita Fire is  visible to residents from La Cueva and Jemez Springs. Fuels on the ground are creating a fair amount of smoke.

The Cebollita Fire is at two acres and holding. An incident commander is on scene and two engines are enroute.

Cebollita Fire, Jemez Ranger District

Fire Name: Cebollita Fire

Time/Date Reported: 2:05 p.m. Sept. 21

Location: Approximately 3 miles west of La Cueva

Legal Description: 19N, 3E, Sec 19

Cause: Human-caused

Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn Planned for Monday

on September 21, 2012 - 6:48am

VALLES CALDERA News:

The Valles Caldera Trust will implement a prescribed burn project that will begin Monday, Sept. 24 and possibly run through Wednesday, Sept. 26 if weather and associated conditions permit. 

The prescribed burn will be on the Valles Caldera National Preserve, south of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30. 

Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area.

The burn is the final stage of a project to reduce fire hazard and improve forest health. 

The area has been thinned and most of the wood

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Minor Injuries Reported in Two-Vehicle Crash

on September 19, 2012 - 6:23pm

Photo: Los Alamos Police Department Crash Team

Staff report

A two-vehicle collision this afternoon sent a Los Alamos woman to the hospital with what appear to be minor injuries.

Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs transported Deborah Storms, 46, to Los Alamos Medical Center after the red 2011 Subaru she was driving collided with another vehicle near Trinity Drive and 4th Street.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Ben Hinrichs told the Los Alamos Daily Post that a 17-year-old Espanola girl was driving a white 2003 Dodge Dakota east on Trinity Drive about 3:30 p.m.

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BREAKING NEWS: N.M. 4 to Jemez Mountain Closed Following Rollover

on September 18, 2012 - 2:17pm

Tire tracks and a broken guard rail mark where a semi-truck left the roadway on N.M. 4, the road down from the Jemez Mountains to Los Alamos and Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

Staff report

New Mexico State Road 4 is currently closed due to a paint truck that went off the "second hair pin" turn at mile marker 49 out of Los Alamos a short while ago today. The driver was care-flighted to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries.

His truck left the highway and landed 200-300 yards down a steep rugged cliff into Bandelier National Monument property. 

The

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Local Firefighters Demonstrate Rescue Techniques

on September 15, 2012 - 7:39am

Firefighter Cari Mace and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department gave a demonstration Friday in front of the Bradbury Science Museum for students attending STEM Day as part of The Next Big Idea festival. Firefighters demonstrated how they conduct rescues from car wrecks. STEM Day is designed to stimulate interest and inspire young people from throughout the state about possible futures in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Firefighters participate in The Next Big Idea's STEM DAY Friday. Photo by Bonnie J.
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Jemez Ranger District to Start Fall Burning Program

on September 15, 2012 - 6:58am

JEMEZ RANGER DISTRICT News:

Santa Fe – The Jemez Ranger District will begin implementing two prescribed burns including the Guacamalla Pile burn located near the Ponderosa Camp Ground and the Vallecitos Broadcast Burn located off N.M. 4 nearer to the Valle Caldera southwest corner.

These projects will be implemented after Sept. 17, conditions permitting. Due to the location and elevation it will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountain area.

The burns are being implemented to manage hazardous fuels, to provide community protection along with maintaining forest and

Police Investigate Collision at Trinity and Diamond

on September 13, 2012 - 6:37pm

Los Alamos Fire and Rescue crews work to remove the driver from a car involved in this mornings accident. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Firefighters help lift a driver from her car following an accident near Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive today. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

A two-car collision occured at approximately 11:15 a.m. today, at the corner of Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive. 

The driver of a small black vehicle told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he had been driving behind a red car at the corner of Trinity Drive and Oppehiemer Street

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Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

on September 11, 2012 - 8:40am

Staff report

Solemn ceremonies are taking place around the community and throughout the nation today; remembering lives lost and heroes who rose up when terrorists attacked America 11 years ago.

At 8:45 a.m. on the clear Tuesday morning of Sept. 11, 2001, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors.

As the evacuation of

Breaking News: 27 Los Alamos Firefighters Fall Sick Saturday Night Following Roast Pork Dinner

on September 9, 2012 - 5:53pm

Los Alamos Elks Lodge. File photo

By Carol A. Clark

The New Mexico Environment Department is investigating the source of an intestinal sickness that struck 27 Los Alamos Firefighters Saturday night.

The firefighters fell ill after eating a roast pork dinner provided to them by the Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 at 1601 Trinity Dr.

"The Elks invited firefighters and police officers as a way to thank us for the work we did during the Las Conchas Fire," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said in an interview today with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Los Alamos Fire Department Bids Lt. Larry Romero Farewell at Friday Ceremony

on September 3, 2012 - 11:57am

Lt. Larry Romero with farewell gifts he received during his retirement ceremony Friday honoring his dedication and service to the Los Alamos Fire Department, Los Alamos community and Los Alamos National Laboratory. "These 22 years came in the blink of an eye," Romero said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 Lt. Larry Romero and from left, his daughter Miranda and his wife Melissa listen as Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider speak of Romero's important contributions to the Los Alamos Fire Department during his 22 years of service. Photo by Carol A.
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