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Santa Fe National Forest Officials Inform Public To Vacate Due To Forest Closure

on June 1, 2018 - 5:19pm

News Alert:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) officials are patrolling the forest to inform members of the public of the forest-wide closure that went into effect at 8 a.m. today. 

Forest officials implemented the forest-wide closure to prohibit public access to the 1.6 million-acre forest for public safety and forest health while in high to extreme fire danger.

“We’re trying to notify as many people as possible of the closure and the need to vacate,” Forest Supervisor James Melonas said.

LAFD Cautions Community To Be Ready For Potential Evacuation With Current Hot And Dry Conditions

on June 1, 2018 - 4:20pm
Los Alamos Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland, left, and Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna this morning reviewing details of the Ute Park Fire between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland and Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna said this morning that it is time for community members to think about having a go-bag ready and follow the “Ready Set Go” recommendations on how to be prepared for evacuation if necessary.

“It’s time to be real.

Los Alamos County Enters Stage III Fire Restrictions 8 a.m. Friday

on May 31, 2018 - 8:42pm

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos County Fire Department will issue Stage III Fire Restrictions at 8 a.m. Friday, June 1, which will prohibit access to unpaved trail systems within the County.

Fire danger within the County remains very high to extreme due to drought conditions. Stage III Restrictions will remain in effect until significant moisture and conditions have improved.

The decision to move forward with Stage III Fire Restrictions has been coordinated with local agencies including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe National Forest, Bandelier National Park and the Northern Pueblos

Ute Park Fire Breaks Out Between Eagle Nest And Cimarron In Colfax County

on May 31, 2018 - 8:36pm

New Mexico has a new fire that was reported just after 2 p.m. today and had grown to approximately 150 acres by 5 p.m. The Ute Park Fire is located off Highway 64 between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron in Colfax County. A large plume of smoke can be seen from surrounding communities including Raton as in this photo taken at 7 p.m. today. The cause of the fire is under investigation and multiple resources are working on it from the ground and air, according to New Mexico State Forestry officials. Photo by Mike O’Neill

County Discusses Emergency Operations Plan

on May 31, 2018 - 3:31pm
County Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson and Fire Chief Troy Hughes discuss the County’s emergency operations plan. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos County is far from immune to wildfires and while some residents can recall their experiences evacuating during the Cerro Grande and Las Conchas fires, others are new to town and may be unsure of what to do if an emergency occurs.
As a result, Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O’Leary asked the County’s Emergency Management Office to inform the

Bandelier, Valles Calderas And Pecos National Parks To Increase Fire Restrictions

on May 31, 2018 - 8:21am

NMFI News:

LOS ALAMOS – Due to the continued high risk of wildfire in the region, Bandelier National Monument, Pecos National Historical Park, and Valles Caldera National Preserve will implement public closures to all backcountry areas of the parks at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 1, pursuant to Stage III fire restrictions.

However, main public areas of each national park unit will remain open. These restrictions are being put in place to help the National Park Service provide for public safety and reduce fire risk.

Bandelier National Monument will close all wilderness and backcountry areas.

SFNF Implements Forest-wide Closure Order Friday

on May 31, 2018 - 8:08am
SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will implement a forest-wide closure order at 8 a.m. Friday, June 1, prohibiting public access to the 1.6 million-acre forest. 

Fire danger on the SFNF remains very high to extreme due to acute drought conditions. The closure order will remain in effect until the forest receives significant moisture and conditions have improved.

The closure order prohibits all recreational activities on the SFNF. Campgrounds, trails and trailheads, and National Forest System roads will be closed to the general public.

Los Alamos Under Red Flag Warning Until 8 p.m.

on May 31, 2018 - 7:57am
NWS News:
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reports that Los Alamos in under a red flag warning until 8 p.m. today.
A red flag warning is a forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion, and rapid spread. 
The NWS also reports that Los Alamos will enter under a fire weather watch 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Investigation Finds Chrobocinski In Violation Of Three Sections Of Code Of Conduct

on May 30, 2018 - 11:50am
Former County Councilor James Chrobocinski
Los Alamos Daily Post

The results of an investigation into a Code of Conduct complaint filed in February by two Los Alamos County employees have been issued to County officials.

The 74-page report, prepared by Albuquerque attorney Debra J. Moulton under contract to the County, was in response to a complaint filed Feb. 15 by Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano against former County Councilor James Chrobocinski.

The report states the investigation finds Chrobocinski violated

Update On Alamo Fire Near Bandelier

on May 27, 2018 - 4:45am
NMFI News:

Start Date: May 23

Cause: Lightning

Size: 15 acres

Containment: 70%

Fuel: Grass, dead and down trees

Weather: South winds 15-20, gusts to 35 mph

Situation: Fire is burning within the Las Conchas burn area. Firefighters work to secure containment lines by extinguishing hot spots along the perimeter of the fire.

Smoke/Air Quality: Local communities may be impacted by smoke because of

Alamo Fire Evening Update

on May 24, 2018 - 8:44pm

SFNF News:

The Alamo Fire in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest is 60 percent contained. Lightning sparked the fire Wednesday near Forest Road 289 within a half mile of the southern border of Bandelier National Monument. It has burned 15 acres of grass and dead and down trees.

Resources on scene include two Type 6 engines with eight personnel. The fire intensity is low and burning within the Las Conchas burn area. Due to the presence of many snags, it is unsafe for personnel to utilize direct suppression strategies.

Single Car Accident Takes Out Power Pole On Central

on May 24, 2018 - 4:14pm
Los Alamos police and firefighters respond to the scene of a single vehicle accident at about 3:15 p.m. today on Central Avenue near Rose Street. LAFD EMS personnel checked out the female driver who did not appear to be injured. According to reports the vehicle drove over a median, took out a power pole and dragged a sign some 70 feet before coming to a stop near the Aquatic Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
LAFD EMS personnel check out the female driver involved in a single vehicle accident this afternoon on Central Avenue. She does not appear to be injured.

LANB Gets Behind Firefighters Local 3279

on May 24, 2018 - 10:08am

LAFD personnel from left, Fire Fighter Will Lunquist, Captain Gerard Coriz, Fire Fighter Michael Garcia, Captain James Pepe, Driver Engineer Van Limier, Fire Fighter Nick Bever and Driver Engineer Colorado Cordova. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


By CAROL A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

Driver/Engineer Colorado Cordova of the Los Alamos Fire Department coordinates the annual IAFF Local 3279 Firefighter Recognition Dinner with assistance from Fire Capt. Jeff Saiz and eight other firefighters.

Lightning Sparks Alamo Fire Near Bandelier

on May 24, 2018 - 9:17am

Type 1 helicopter on scene Wednesday at the Alamo Fire underway near Bandelier. Photo by Brian Nelson

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked a fire Wednesday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest:

  • Alamo Fire: May 24
  • Start Date: May 23
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 15 acres

Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Forest Road 289 near Bandelier Park.

Weather: Mostly sunny/winds 3-7, gusts to 10 mph.

Situation: Resources on scene include 3 engines and a 12-person hand crew, type 1 helicopter.

Smoke/Air Quality: Local communities may be impacted by smoke because

Wildfire Burning North Of Jemez Pueblo

on May 23, 2018 - 8:43pm

A helicopter hovers in the sky above where multiple resources are working to suppress a wildfire burning in Canon, north of the Jemez Pueblo. Photo by Brian Nelson


New Mexico State Forestry Division reports multiple resources are working to suppress a wildfire burning in Canon, north of the Jemez Pueblo and east of Ponderosa.

The State Forestry Division, Sandoval County Fire Department and US Forest Service crews are at the scene.

The fire began on private land and has spread to brush, vehicles and a shed, which is creating a large column of smoke.

NIST: Why Are Firefighters Getting Steam Burns?

on May 23, 2018 - 11:16am
NIST News:
A mystery has raged for decades surrounding accounts of firefighters who receive steam burns through their protective clothing. One ruling theory is that the heat of the flames raises firefighters' own perspiration to the scalding point. But there’s a second potential culprit: water vapor that quickly penetrates firefighters’ protective suits and then condenses on their skin.
Firefighters’ protective clothing (FFPC) consists of three key layers of fabric: an outer shell made of a tough, light material, which serves as a first defense against flames; a

McQuiston: Extinguish The Chance Of A House Fire

on May 21, 2018 - 8:46am
The Jemez Agency
If you had the opportunity to take a few seconds out of your busy day to keep your home, your loved ones, and your most valuable possessions safe, would you do it? Of course. Why take the chance of something disastrous happening, like a house fire, if those few seconds were able to provide the peace of mind that everything is protected?
Throughout my many years of working in insurance, I’ve handled many fire claims and while this may go without saying, a house fire can be one of the most stressful things someone could ever experience.

County Council Proclaims EMS Week May 20-26

on May 21, 2018 - 8:44am

Los Alamos Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Division Chief Ben Stone, left, is presented with a proclamation by former County Councilor James Chrobocinski declaring the week of May 20-26 Emergency Medical Services Week in Los Alamos County. LAFD provides Emergency Medical Services to both the community and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Department has six ambulances that respond to 911 medical calls and all LAFD firefighters are required to have an EMS license.

LAPD Law Enforcement Wives Place ‘Thin Blue Lines’ On Vehicles

on May 16, 2018 - 8:29am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone thanks members of the LAPD Law Enforcement Wives group, from left, Jessica Randleman, Kateri Morris, Kim Roberts and Elizabeth Lyon. The wives placed a temporary ‘thin blue line’ on vehicles for community members allowing them to show their support and appreciation of local law enforcement. Not pictured is Melissa Weiss who also stopped by to help. More than 60 people stopped by, many expressing their gratitude for LAPD staff. The event was in honor of Police Appreciation Week, May 13-19. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Kateri Morris, right,

Project Heart Start At Fuller Lodge June 9

on May 15, 2018 - 2:36pm

Secretaries Perdue And Zinke Join Forces To Combat 2018 Wildfire Season

on May 13, 2018 - 7:31am
Members of Congress include Senators Michael Bennet (CO), Maria Cantwell (WA), Mike Crapo (ID), Steve Daines (MT), Cory Gardner (CO), Dean Heller (NV), Jeff Merkley (OR), Jim Risch (ID), Ron Wyden (OR); and Representatives Rob Bishop (UT), Jim Costa (CA), Jared Huffman (CA), Doug LaMalfa (CA), Frank Lucas (OK), Tom McClintock (CA), Tom O'Halleran (AZ), Steve Pearce (NM), GT Thompson (PA), Greg Walden (OR), and Bruce Westerman (AR). Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Friday

Forest Increases Public Engagement To Prevent Fires

on May 12, 2018 - 1:20pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) personnel will engage the public more often than usual to increase fire prevention awareness and reduce the chances for wildfires while in Stage 2 fire restrictions.

The Stage 2 fire restrictions went into effect across the forest May 7 and will remain until conditions allow forest officials to change or lift the restrictions.

“We’re making a concerted effort on the forest to make sure as much of the public as possible is aware of, and understands, the restrictions we have in place,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said.

Council Chair Participates In Fire Ops 101 Program

on May 11, 2018 - 8:10am

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, right, participates in Fire Ops 101 May 5 in Albuquerque with Los Alamos Fire Department Driver/Engineer Mike Montoya who accompanied him throughout the day's activities. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, center, participates in a CPR exercise during his Fire Ops 101 day May 5 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Scene from Fire Ops 101 May 5 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz got to experience firsthand

Los Alamos Police And Fire Departments Take Over Nature Center May 15

on May 10, 2018 - 8:17am

PEEC News:


The Los Alamos Police and Fire Departments are taking over the nature center 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.


Join officers and firefighters to discuss hiking safety, wild animal safety and more. There also will be police vehicles and the and bomb truck for families to look at and for kids to sit inside. There may be some special giveaways for kids, as well.


This event is free and open to the public.


For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.


PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve

Los Alamos County Enters Stage II Fire Restrictions!

on May 7, 2018 - 8:43am

LAFD News:

After consulting with Los Alamos National Laboratory, and in cooperation with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Los Alamos Fire Department has announced that Los Alamos County will enter into Stage II Fire Restrictions, effective immediately. 

Los Alamos County Stage II Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building or maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, or stove fire on public or private land. Propane grills can be used;
  • Smoking. Smoking is allowed in vehicles, homes, and on paved/cleared surfaces only;
  • Using