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Lightning Strikes Pueblo Canyon Inn

on August 1, 2018 - 5:32pm

Pueblo Canyon Inn was hit by lightning Tuesday night. ‘The Los Alamos Fire Department, police and Utilities were dispatched and extremely helpful in getting power back on and making sure there was no fire’. Photo by Matthew Allen

Update: Venado Fire Burns 3,482 Acres

on July 31, 2018 - 11:27pm
SFNF News:

Lightning sparked the Venado Fire that began July 20 in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, which has now consumed 3,482 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 3,482
 
Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF)
 
Containment: 66 percent
 
Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
 
Weather: Rain forecasted throughout the week
 
Resources: 158 personnel.
 
Situation: The fire is in steep terrain with limited access on Mesa Venado and an adjacent drainage area 1.5 miles north of Deer Creek Landing and 6.5 miles west of Jemez

LAFD Brush Truck; Firefighters Travel To Carr Fire

on July 29, 2018 - 5:59am

The Los Alamos Fire Department's Brush 4 truck is en route to the 80,000-acre Carr Fire burning west of Redding, Calif., LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Kelly Sterna told the Los Alamos Daily Post Saturday morning. On board are Capt. Michael Lewis, Capt. Todd Forsythe and Driver/Engineer Van Leimer. The Carr Fire has already caused the deaths of two firefighters and three civilians and destroyed more than 500 buildings. Chief Sterna said three other trucks from New Mexico also are headed to the fire, which is only five percent contained. Courtesy photo

Update: Monsoonal Rains Slow Venado Fire

on July 28, 2018 - 12:30pm

SFNF News:

Friday’s monsoonal weather pattern helped firefighters keep the Venado Fire in check in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. The fire has burned 2,970 acres and is now 15 percent contained.

Venado Fire:

  • Start Date: July 20, 2018
  • Acres: 2,970
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Location: Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest
  • Containment: 15 percent
  • Fuels: Ponderosa pine
  • Total personnel: 282

General Information: As Friday’s monsoonal weather pattern helped firefighters keep the Venado Fire in check with minimal activity, firefighters continue with a full suppression

Officials Issue Venado Fire Area Closure For Safety

on July 26, 2018 - 8:28pm

Venado Fire area on the Jemez Ranger District. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has issued a temporary area closure today to protect public health and safety, and so firefighters can operate more safely in the Venado Fire area on the Jemez Ranger District of the SFNF.

Lightning caused the fire July 20, which has consumed 2,872 acres of Ponderosa pine and is now 10 percent contained.

The restricted area boundary follows the east edge of Virgin Mesa, then extends due west crossing Forest Road (FR) 376 at Gilman Tunnels to the west edge of the SFNF

Update: Aragon Fire Burns 450 Acres

on July 26, 2018 - 3:31pm
SFNF News:

The lightning caused Aragon Fire in the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has consumed 450 acres of Ponderosa Pine and is 50 percent contained.

Start Date: July 12
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 450 acres
 
Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 50 percent
 
Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
 
Weather:  75 percent chance for rain showers over the next few days
 
Resources: 6 personnel
 
Situation: The fire remains in a remote location East of Gallina Peak and West of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the Aragon Spring Area.

NPS: Hidden Valley Fire Receives Rain

on July 25, 2018 - 9:41am
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS Monday evening the Hidden Valley Fire received approximately .49 inches of rain, further reducing fire behavior. The chance for monsoonal rains and thunderstorms will remain high in the afternoons through the end of the week and minimal fire behavior is predicted for the Hidden Valley Fire.
 
With decreased complexity, management operations have been transferred back to Valles Caldera National Preserve under a Type 4 organization.

Update: Venado Fire Burns Approximately 2,200 Acres

on July 25, 2018 - 8:21am
SFNF News:

The Venado Fire that began Friday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has now consumed approximately 2,200 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

The fire stands at zero containment.

 
Start Date: July 20
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: approximately 2,200 acres
 
Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0 Percent
 
Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
 
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms Monday night dropped less than a tenth of an inch on the Venado Fire, with no significant impact on ground conditions.

Update: Venado Fire Burns Approximately 2,000 Acres

on July 24, 2018 - 8:50am

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked the Venado Fire that began Friday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, which has now consumed some 2,000 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

Start Date: July 20

Cause: Lightning

Size: approximately 2,000 acres

Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight expect to bring lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds.

Resources on scene: 162 personnel, which includes four interagency hotshot crews, one type 3 helicopter, three engines,

Hidden Valley Fire Lowers Fuel Loads On 585 Acres

on July 23, 2018 - 6:52pm

Smoke from the Hidden Valley Fire spreads in layers Sunday through the forest and hills on the west side of the Valle Grande at twilight. © 2018 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

 

VCNP News:  

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Firefighters completed firing operations Sunday on the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire. Through the successful management of this naturally caused fire, the preserve was able to safely decrease fuel loads on 585 acres of forest on South Mountain and reduce the risk of undesired fire behavior in the future.

“We’re grateful for all the firefighters’ hard work, which directly

Update: Venado Fire Burns 1,071 Acres

on July 23, 2018 - 1:58pm

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked the Venado Fire that began Friday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, which has now consumed 1,071 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

 

Start Date: July 20

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,071 acres

Location:  Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Low-level moisture is moving toward the Venado Fire, increasing the chance for precipitation. Possible thunderstorms may bring lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds.

Resources on scene: Four interagency hotshot crews, one type 3

Hidden Valley Firing Operations Finishing Today

on July 22, 2018 - 10:18pm

Smoke visible today from downtown Los Alamos of the Hidden Valley Fire burning in the VCNP. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladilypost.com

VCNP News: 

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Firing operations to manage the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire are expected to be completed today. Favorable conditions Saturday allowed firefighters to treat an additional 150 acres on the south and southwest portions of South Mountain, for a total of approximately 450 acres.

Smoke from management operations will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area and may linger in surrounding low-lying areas

Update: Venado Fire Burns 450 Acres

on July 22, 2018 - 9:00pm

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked the Venado Fire that began Friday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, which has now consumed 450 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

Start Date: July 20

Cause: Lightning

Size: 450 acres

Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 Percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Light winds, clear skies

Resources on scene: Three hotshot crews, one helicopter with bucket, one dozer, two engines

Situation: The fire is in a remote location on Mesa Venado and in an adjacent drainage area, one mile and a half north of

Scenes From Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol Lift Evacuation Training Saturday

on July 22, 2018 - 7:09am

Pajarito Mountain Ski Patroller Gustavo Rogers is lowered from the beginner chairlift Saturday morning by fellow Patroller Scott Charlton during annual lift evacuation refresher training. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrollers and Los Alamos Fire Department personnel from Station 5 examine ascender equipment used by the ski patrol for lift evacuations during annual lift evacuation refresher training Saturday morning. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Pajarito Mountain Ski Patroller and lift evacuation instructor Michael O'Neill guides Patroller Heidi

Wildland Firefighters From Hidden Valley Fire At Valles Caldera Dine In Los Alamos Saturday Evening

on July 22, 2018 - 7:01am

Members of Arizona's San Carlos Southwest Wildland Firefighters T2 I.A. crew came to Los Alamos Saturday evening and ate dinner at Dominoes Pizza. Crew members said temperatures at the Valles Caldera National Preserve are much easier on them than the 114 degrees in their hometown this week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

The Acoma Fire crew from Grants, which has been fighting the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire at Valles Caldera National Preserve came to town Saturday evening for dinner at the local McDonalds. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Alert: Managed Hidden Valley Fire Underway

on July 21, 2018 - 5:39pm

Smoke seen this morning on a drive along the Valle Grande. There are signs posted stating it is a managed burn - do not report. Officials are managing the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire to benefit resources within the Valles Caldera National Preserve. For the duration of this fire the South Mountain and Hidden Valley areas of the preserve will be closed to the public. Photo by Marc Bailey

Udate: Lightning Sparks Venado Fire In Jemez Ranger District

on July 21, 2018 - 4:29pm

UPDATE: The Venado FIre on the Jemez Ranger District has grown to 50 acres. Due to fire behavior, Forest Road (FR) 376 is closed from Gilman Tunnels to the intersection of FR 488 and FR 376. Area day trip visitors are being notified by USDA Forest Service law enforcement to leave the area. One heavy air tanker is inbound, 1 helicopter with bucket is inbound with one on order, 1 single engine air tanker is inbound with 3 more on order, an additional hot shot crew is inbound, and 1 dozer is inbound.

SFNF: Aragon Fire Update

on July 20, 2018 - 6:53am
Aragon Fire Update:
 
Start Date: July 12
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 150 acres, 50 of which are by fire crew hand ignitions
 
Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0%
 
Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
 
Weather: warm temperatures, 20% chance for rain
 
Resources: 15 personnel
 
Situation: The fire is in a remote location East of Gallina Peak and West of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the Aragon Spring Area. Fire behavior is low to moderate. Current fire behavior is favorable to improve forest health. Fire managers continue to monitor the area.

Los Alamos County Enters Baseline Fire Restrictions Effective immediately

on July 19, 2018 - 10:41am

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County is dropping from Stage I Fire Restrictions to Baseline Fire Restrictions effective immediately.

Los Alamos County has seen some much-needed relief with the extreme drought conditions that led to the strict Fire Restrictions. Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, as well as fuel moistures. Los Alamos County Fire Department asks that everyone please continue to use extreme caution and practice fire safety.

Los Alamos County Fire Department urges the public to take every precaution

Bandelier, Valles Caldera Lift Fire Restrictions Monday!

on July 15, 2018 - 9:10pm

NPS News:

Due to several days of higher humidity and rain, Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve will lift fire restrictions, including backcountry closures, at 8 a.m. Monday.

In addition, special use permittees and commercial use operators may resume their normal activities within the two National Park Service units.

“Even though the monsoons have begun, we’re still in drought conditions,” VCNP Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said. “We ask that visitors continue to take appropriate precautions while enjoying our national parks and national forests.”

Lightning Sparks Aragon Fire In Cuba Ranger District

on July 13, 2018 - 9:09pm

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked a fire today in the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Start Date: July 13

Cause: Lightning

Size: 5 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Cloudy with thunderstorms and lightning

Resources: seven personnel on UTVs

Situation: The fire is in a remote location East of Gallina Peak and West of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the Aragon Spring Area. The fire received precipitation. Personnel scouted for containment lines and will continue through the weekend.

SFNF: Sarca Fire Update

on July 13, 2018 - 8:03am
SFNF Sarca Fire Update:
 
Start Date: July 7
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 7 acres
 
Location: Agua Sarca drainage area of the Pecos Wilderness - Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0%
 
Fuel: ponderosa pine and other mixed conifer
 
Weather: Cloudy with rain storms approaching
 
Situation: Due to the combination of the fire being inside the Pecos wilderness area, the steep and rocky terrain, and precipitation and lightning, fire managers are monitoring the fire by aircraft. Smoke visible along 285/84 corridor, Espanola, Pojoaque and Tesuque areas
 
Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke

SFNF: Wildhorse Fire Update

on July 11, 2018 - 7:49am
SFNF Wildhorse Fire Update:
 
Start Date: July 8
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 7 acres
 
Location: Chama Wilderness Area of the Coyote Ranger District - Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0%
 
Fuel: ponderosa pine, pinyon, oak brush and grass
 
Weather: Cloudy and rainy
 
Situation: Minimal fire behavior. Resources pulled from fire due to incoming weather - heavy rains and lightning. Smoke is visible from Llaves, Gallina, Abiquiu from highway 112, and roads 96, 84, 8, 151, 6, 7 and 77.
 
Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke impact to local communities at this time is low, however,

Los Alamos County Drops To Stage I Fire Restrictions ... Local Trails Now Open!

on July 9, 2018 - 1:41pm

COUNTY News:

Effective immediately, Los Alamos County has dropped from Stage III to Stage I Fire Restrictions, opening the Los Alamos County Trail Network and open spaces.

Northern New Mexico’s extreme drought conditions that led to Stage III Restrictions should soon see some much-needed relief with the seasonal monsoons beginning across the state. Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, as well as fuel moistures.

Santa Fe National Forest Reopens Monday!

on July 8, 2018 - 8:13am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Due to several days of higher humidity and rain, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will lift the closure order and stage 2 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Monday, July 9 for the first time since entering full forest closure June 1.
 

The forest remained closed for public safety and forest health reasons until conditions improved to acceptable levels, according to forest leadership.

“We noticed conditions starting to improve two weeks ago when moisture levels increased due to higher humidity,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said.

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