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No Fireworks Allowed on Santa Fe National Forest

on July 1, 2012 - 12:18pm

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST News:

Forest Supervisor Maria Garcia reminds visitors and campers that the use of fireworks is prohibited on the Santa Fe National Forest.

Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on national forest lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.

Forest visitors also are reminded about the importance of recreating safely and responsibly and to keep in mind the following:

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Prohibit: Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire.

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Extreme Drought Forces Fireworks Cancelation, Celebration Will Go On

on June 28, 2012 - 9:34pm

KIWANIS & LAFD News:

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, in consultation with the Los Alamos Fire Department, in consideration of the dangerously dry conditions embracing Northern New Mexico has decided that a fireworks display will not be included in this years 4th of July Celebration Event at Overlook Park.

All other activities, including Atomic City Transit to the park, will go on as planned.

The public can still enjoy all of the typical July 4 festivities at Overlook Park including music by the Nomads and Community Winds, a display by the Habanero

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Los Alamos Site Office Takes Fire Prevention Measures

on June 28, 2012 - 9:16pm

NNSA News:

As a result of the region’s high fire potential, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office (LASO) has imposed fire prevention restrictions on the government-leased Sportsmen’s Club property in Los Alamos to match those for the Forest Service, Park Service, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

“We are very concerned about the severe drought and weather conditions that are affecting the southwest,” LASO Manager Kevin Smith said. “We just can’t afford to take a chance right now on causing a fire that could rapidly spread to other areas.”

In a

Officials Break Ground on Interagency Fire Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-49

on June 27, 2012 - 2:03pm

Dignitaries broke ground Tuesday morning on an Interagency Fire Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Technical Area-49. The 6,400 square foot facility will serve as a joint coordination and response center for fire events around the area. From left, Ray Todd, associate regional director for Facilities and Lands for National Park Service Intermountain Region; Rebecca Montoya, field representative for Sen.

Vehicle Accident Closes Truck Route

on June 26, 2012 - 3:05pm

Courtesy photo

A County trash truck was sideswiped this afternoon while heading down the truck route by a car going uphill. The driver of the car left his lane and collided with the trash truck.

Los Alamos Firefighters used the jaws of life to remove the driver from his car. LAFD is transporting him to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries.

The gas tank on the trash truck punctured and leaked some fuel onto the ground where the accident occurred.

Hazmat is removing the fuel spill and the vehicles are in the process of being towed from the area.

Officials expect that by

Updates for Fires Burning Near Chimayo

on June 25, 2012 - 3:36pm
 
West Arroyo Alamo Fire
Start Date & Time: 6/24/12 @ 7 p.m.
Start Location: West Arroyo Alamo Road (near MM 6 State Road 76), La Puebla, Santa Fe County
 
Cause of Fire: Under investigation
 
Area Vegetation: Bosque, dense salt cedar undergrowth
Acres Burned: estimated 3.1
Ownership(s): Private
 
Structures Threatened: No
Structures Burned: Unknown
Evacuations (Y or N & #): No
 
Situation: Roads are open at this time, but area residents are asked to use caution due to emergency vehicle traffic in the area.

Fire Reported Between Espanola and Chimayo

on June 24, 2012 - 7:58pm

FIRE News:

Crews from Santa Fe County are responding to a fire reported at 6 p.m. today in the bosque between Espanola and Chimayo that has burned more than two acres.

Crews report the fire is crowning in the cottonwood trees and burning dense salt cedar undergrowth near Mile Marker 6 at Road 76 in the Chimayo area at the Rio Arriba County line.

Structures are threatened and evacuations have been reported in the area, possibly for a two-mile radius around the fire.

No shelter information has been released at this point, but residents are being told to head south, according to fire

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Continued Drought Forces Stage II Fire Restrictions Effective Today

on June 15, 2012 - 7:13am

LAFD News:

STAGE II FIRE RESTRICTIONS

PROHIBITIONS:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire.
  • Smoking.
  • Using fireworks, explosives or other incendiary devices.
  • Operating a chainsaw, or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, is prohibited.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • Possessing or using a motor vehicle off roads on federal lands, except
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Colorado Peak and Bear Springs Fires are History!

on June 12, 2012 - 8:50pm

SFNF News:

Below you will find an evening fire update for the Colorado Peak and Bear Springs fires:

Colorado Peak: 246 acres,100 percent contained. The Colorado Peak fire is located on the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe NF; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport

Bear Springs: 622 acres, 95 percent contained. No change. The Bear Springs fire is located on the Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe NF; 6 miles NE of Ponderosa and 6 miles SE of Jemez Springs.

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Fire and Water: The Las Conchas Fire

on June 11, 2012 - 11:03pm

Column by State Representative Jim Hall

On June 4 and 5, I attended a conference “Impacts and Lessons Learned from the Las Conchas Fire,” sponsored by New Mexico’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR--http://nmepscor.org/). 

NM EPSCoR is funded by the National Science Foundation, and this year their focus was to research the impacts of climate change on Northern New Mexico water resources.

The Las Conchas Fire broadened their focus to the environmental impacts of wildfire--with water and water quality as an important subtext. 

The Whitewater-Baldy Complex

Bradbury Invites Public to Share Personal Fire Stories

on June 11, 2012 - 4:14pm

Courtesy/Bradbury Science Museum

Interactive exhibit opens June 13

Beginning Wednesday June 13, the public is invited to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Bradbury Science Museum to take part in “Living With Wildfire: Share Your Stories.”

The museum will host an opening reception from 3:30-6 p.m. for the general public.

Nearly one year ago, the Las Conchas Fire burned in forest areas surrounding LANL and forced a one-week closure.

The wildfire spared the Laboratory but it affected thousands of residents in Northern New Mexico.

The exhibit provides an opportunity for people to

Little Bear Fire Consumes Nearly 35,000 Acres

on June 11, 2012 - 10:07am

Courtesy/nmfireinfo

The Little Bear Fire sparked by lightning June 4 near Ruidoso in the Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest remains o percent contained.

The massive blaze has burned some 34,651 acres of mixed conifer and ponderosa pine and destroyed about 35 structures as of this morning.

There are currently eight Type 1 and Type 2 crews comprised of 429 firefighters battling this inferno with 47 fire engines, seven water tenders, five dozers and two Type 1 helicopters.

Road Closures:

  • N.M. 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, east and west;
  • N.M.
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Colorado Peak and Bear Springs Fires Holding Despite Red Flag Conditions

on June 10, 2012 - 8:01am

Both the Colorado Peak and Bear Springs fires held Friday despite red flag conditions - hot, dry and windy weather.

Firefighters continue mop-up operations. Mop-up operations consist of putting out or removing burning material that’s near containment lines, cutting down standing dead trees and creating cup trenches to prevent debris from rolling onto unburned vegetation.

Colorado Peak: 246 acres, 95 percent contained. The Colorado Peak Fire is located on the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport.

Bear Springs: 622

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BREAKING NEWS: Los Alamos Fire Department Imposes Local Restrictions Effective this Evening

on June 8, 2012 - 4:55pm

LAFD News:

Effective this evening, the Los Alamos Fire Department will be posting signs and taping off fire rings and grills in locations throughout Los Alamos County.

Some locations in specific parks that are yet to be determined may remain open due to the location of such device in relation to safety distances from combustible and flammable material.

These will be marked accordingly.

State Restriction Notice:

SMOKING, FIREWORK, CAMPFIRE, AND OPEN FIRE RESTRICTIONS FOR NORTHWEST, NORTH CENTRAL, CENTRAL, SOUTHWEST, AND PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO.

Due to abnormally warm

Friday Fire Restrictions Affect 21 Counties

on June 7, 2012 - 9:18pm

NM State Forestry Wildland News:

Due to high fire danger across parts of the state, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary John Bemis and State Forester Tony Delfin today announced restrictions on fireworks, smoking, campfire and open-fires for all or portions of 21 counties.

The restrictions will go into effect at 8 a.m. Friday, June 8.

“Very high fire danger exists across much of western and parts of central New Mexico,” Delfin
said. “I’m urging all residents in the areas affected to follow the restriction guidelines to protect lives and property in their

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Colorado Peak Fire 80 Percent Contained

on June 7, 2012 - 9:00pm

SFNF News:

Colorado Peak Fire: 245 acres (decrease in size due to better mapping), 80 percent contained. The Colorado Peak fire is located on the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport

Bear Springs Fire: 622 acres, 90 percent contained. The Bear Springs fire is located on the Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; six miles northeast of Ponderosa and six miles southeast of Jemez Springs.

The Santa Fe National Forest had no new fires today.

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Colorado Peak Fire 65 Percent Contained

on June 7, 2012 - 1:39pm

SFNF News:

Colorado Peak Fire reported at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport has burned 269 acres (decrease due to better mapping) and is now 65 percent contained.

Firefighters worked through the night to contain the fire. Sparse, patchy fuels and an aggressive fire fight have helped to contain the fire.

A decrease in fire activity has also decreased smoke. Minimal smoke is expected today.

For information on how to protect yourself from smoke visit: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh_alerts/.

The public can obtain fire information via the following:

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Extreme Fire Danger Conditions Surround Forest

on June 7, 2012 - 11:00am

SFNF News:

The fire danger on the Santa Fe National Forest is currently EXTREME. During times of extreme fire danger, fires start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious.

FIRE DANGER DESCRIPTIONS

A fire danger rating is established locally for each public land unit in the Southwest Area. These danger ratings are based on fuel types (i.e. grass, brush, slash, or timber), fuel moisture content (i.e. 10-hour fuel sticks), weather (i.e. precipitation, relative humidity, temperature, cloud cover, etc), station elevation, among others.

Colorado Peak Fire Captured Across the County

on June 7, 2012 - 8:36am

Colorado Peak Fire shot Wednesday from Overlook Park in White Rock. The fire was reported at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday in the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport and had grown to 360 acres as of the last report issued Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish the next update on this fire as soon as it is received from the forest service, which should be soon. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Colorado Peak Fire shot Wednesday from Pajarito Acres in White Rock.
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Colorado Peak Fire - Evening Update

on June 6, 2012 - 10:43pm

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST News
Colorado Peak Fire
Evening Update

Fire Name: Bear Springs

Time/Date Reported: 2:36 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Location: Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport

Legal Description: T17N, R7E, Sec 30

Cause: Unknown, under investigation

Fuels: Piñon/juniper, slash and brush. The Caja del Rio plateau has open, patchy vegetation.

Size: 360 acres

% Contained: 0

Resources Committed: 156 personnel including: 3 Type 1 crews, 4 Type 2 crews, 3 engines, 2 Type 1 helicopters, and 2 dozers.

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Bear Springs Fire: Firefighters Execute Successful Burnout Operation Today

on June 6, 2012 - 10:34pm

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST News
Bear Springs Fire
June 6, 2012 – 9 p.m.

Summary: The relatively low intensity burnout tactic used today was very successful, leaving no significant pockets of unburned fuel and no spot fires. Residual spot fires from last night’s operations were detected and suppressed. The burnout was very clean, resulting in little to no impact to natural and cultural resources. At times, smoke was voluminous due to burning in heavy fuels, but areas with lighter fuels produced very little visible smoke.

Enough progress was made today that some crews will be released

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Breaking News: Fire 8 miles south of White Rock

on June 6, 2012 - 4:35pm

This fire is now visible from Los Alamos.

 

Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management Information
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Below is fire information regarding the Colorado Peak Fire that was discovered today. The fire is located in the Caja del Rio on the Santa Fe National Forest between Cochiti and Santa Fe.

Today residents from north of Albuquerque to Santa Fe will see smoke. Fuels on the ground are dry due to the lack of moisture and are creating a fair amount of smoke. The Colorado Peak Fire is at 50 acres and moving north. Firefighters and a helotanker are entroute.

Colorado Peak

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Bear Springs Fire June 6 Update

on June 6, 2012 - 10:34am

SFNF News:

Firefighters hope to gain the upper hand on the Bear Springs Fire with burnout operations today.

The fire, which began at 6:36 p.m. June 3 is burning in the Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, six miles northeast of Ponderosa and six mile southeast of Jemez Springs.

A lightning strike caused the fire, which has burned 400 acres of mixed conifer and ponderosa pine to date.

The fire is 10 percent contained as 190 personnel including four Type 1 crews, three Type 2 crews, three engines, one Type 1 helicopter, three Type 3 helicopters, two water tenders and two

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Bear Springs Fire Update - June 5 Evening

on June 6, 2012 - 12:01am

FIREFIGHTERS PREPARE CONTINGENCY LINES FOR BURNOUT OPERATIONS ON WEDNESDAY

Today, crews prepared indirect containment lines for tomorrow’s activity, which will consist of introducing fire on ridge tops north of the fire, and allowing the fire to back downhill to the indirect containment lines. This tactic, called a burnout, will reduce or remove fuel in advance of the fire front, leaving little or nothing to burn.

The historical Bear Springs cabins have survived the fire thus far, although fire approached the cabins today.

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Local Boy Confesses to Lighting Stable Fires

on June 5, 2012 - 7:02pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police report that three local boys ranging in age from 10 to 12 are implicated in three small fires started today at the Los Alamos Horse Stables on North Mesa.

One of the boys has confessed and all three boys have been referred to the juvenile probation officer.

Police began investigating the fires that broke out within minutes of each other this afternoon.

"It seems too much of a coincidence in the way the fires broke out and the close proximity to each other," Capt. Randy Foster said earlier today.

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