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Update: LAFD Knocks Down Small Fire In Canyon

on April 12, 2018 - 1:22pm

Scene this afternoon of firefighters responding to small fire in LA Canyon near the Ice Rink. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon of firefighters responding to small fire in LA Canyon near the Ice Rink. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

UPDATE: At approximately 12.45 p.m. today, LAFD responded to reports of a small wildland fire in LA Canyon, on West Road near the Ice Rink. The fire is fully contained and the cause is under investigation by LAFD. Crews are mopping up at the scene.

Los Alamos County Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

on April 12, 2018 - 6:44am

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Stage I Fire Restrictions 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 I Fire Restrictions, effective immediately.  
 
Under Stage I 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. (See first exemption below for additional details.)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within

SFNF Issues Stage I Fire Restrictions Effective April 13

on April 11, 2018 - 10:10pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Due to current dry conditions and anticipated low moisture levels in weather forecasts, the Santa Fe National Forest will implement forest-wide Stage I fire restrictions effective 8 a.m. Friday, April 13.

Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided for use.

Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites.

Science On Tap: Local Wildfire Risk

on April 11, 2018 - 1:32pm

CHAMBER News:

What is the local wildfire risk? How is Los Alamos National Laboratory preparing for the fire season?

Explore these questions with the Bradbury Science Museum and Manny L’Esperance at Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 16 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

According to L’Esperance, with the Lab’s Emergency Preparedness group, Los Alamos has seen the least amount of snow since the recordkeeping began back in 1906. This puts the Laboratory at extreme risk for wildfire.

LAPD And LAFD Honor Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

on April 11, 2018 - 8:11am

The Los Alamos Fire Department Administration personnel arrive at the Los Alamos Police Department Consolodated Dispatch Center (CDC) Tuesday to celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. From left, CDC Manager Kate Stoddard, Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, Bernadine Martinez of LAFD Administration, Dispatcher Andrea Garcia, Dispatcher Ruben Garcia, Marisol Padilla of LAFD Administration and Dispatcher Wendy Strain. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

One of  the gift bags prepared for the Los Alamos Police Department CDC team by Los Alamos Fire Department

LAFD Honors Three At Promotion Ceremony

on April 10, 2018 - 9:41am

Los Alamos Fire Department personnel, from left, James Thwaites promoted to Safety Division Chief, Matt Munoz promoted to Captain and Sam Meyersick promoted to Driver/Engineer await the start of the promotion ceremony Monday at Station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Kailey Thwaites pins a badge on her dad, Los Alamos Fire Department Safety Division Chief James Thwaites as her mom, Katie Thwaites and Deputy Chief Steve Dawald look on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Fire

SFNF: Osha Fire 50 Percent Contained

on April 10, 2018 - 9:24am
SFNF News:
 
The Osha Fire in the Cow Creek/O-Shaw area on the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest was reported to the Pecos Ranger District office at 3:55 p.m. Saturday, April 7 by a Pecos Ranger District firefighter. 
 
Resources were dispatched via ground and helicopter to the fire at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet. Forty-four personnel in a multi-agency effort are on the fire with containment now at 50 percent.
 
Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke may settle into lower elevations in the evenings in the Gallinas Canyon and areas east of the fire.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle San Antonio Today

on April 5, 2018 - 12:27pm
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn targeting up to 1,050 acres of meadow grassland in Valle San Antonio, in the northwest portion of the preserve’s backcountry.
 
The burn operations are planned to start today, April 5, and possibly continue into Friday dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions. The area is currently under a seasonal closure, so impacts to visitors will be minimal.
 
NPS officials hope to reintroduce fire into the meadow grasslands, which would result in a low to moderate intensity fire.

Council Approves Moratorium On Code Enforcement

on April 5, 2018 - 10:25am
Residents line up to voice their opinion on the code enforcement issue during the public comment period of Tuesday's Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

A range of emotions was on display at the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Yet despite the anger and frustration expressed, the meeting concluded with applause.

Attendees showed appreciation toward the Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution for a 60-day moratorium of the County’s code enforcement program.

Matt Munoz Promoted To Captain At LAFD

on April 5, 2018 - 9:47am

Los Alamos Fire Department Driver/Engineer/Paramedic Matt Munoz has been promoted to Captain. Munoz joined LAFD as a rookie in 2009 after obtaining his Bachelors in University Studies at the University of New Mexico. In 2013, he became a paramedic and in 2015 he was promoted to driver/engineer. Photo by Wesley Walker

LAFD Invites Community To Promotional Ceremony

on April 3, 2018 - 4:55pm

LAFD News:

The community is invited to attend a Promotional Ceremony honoring three firefighters at the Los Alamos Fire Department:

  • Division Chief James Thwaits;
  • Fire Captain Matthew Munoz; and
  • Driver Engineer Samuel Meyersick.

The Promotional Ceremony is 10 a.m. Monday, April 9 in the Training Room at Fire Station 3, 129 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

More Scenes From Annual Wildfire Day

on April 1, 2018 - 8:31am

More than 20,000 plastic Easter eggs dotted Ashley Pond Park Saturday morning for the Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Elks have hosted the event for 20 years. The event started at Urban Park but is now held in conjunction with the annual Los Alamos Fire Department Wildfire Day. Freedom Church also hosted several activities during the event. Photo by Connor Hoch

Members of Freedom Church, a new church in Los Alamos, hosted several events during the Elks Easter Egg Hunt and the Los Alamos Fire Departments Wildfire Day Saturday at Ashley Pond Park.

Scenes From Wildfire Day At Ashley Pond Park

on April 1, 2018 - 8:22am

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Taylor Garcia-Anaya helps a young firefighter run a hose Saturday during Wildfire Day at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Mike Paxson adjusts a new bicycle helmet for a young cyclist to take home. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos DWI Planning Council volunteers Cheryl Pongratz, left, and Juanita McNiel check in young participants in the bike rodeo during Saturday's Wildfire Day at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A boy pulls a ‘person’ to the end of

Firefighter Sam Meyersick Promoted To Driver/Engineer

on March 29, 2018 - 9:09am

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Sam Meyersick has been promoted to Driver/Engineer. Meyersick joined LAFD in 2012 when he relocated to Los Alamos from Denver, Colo. He holds an Associate's Degree in Fire Science Technology. Meyersick is assigned to Station 1, C-shift. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos And Santa Fe Fire Department Personnel Unite For Handtevy Training

on March 29, 2018 - 7:45am

Los Alamos and Santa Fe fire department personnel gather for Handtevy training Wednesday at Los Alamos Fire Department Administration. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Gonzales studies the Handtevy manual during Wednesday's training. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When firefighters and paramedics are called to an emergency involving a critically ill or injured child, every second counts. Treating the child is difficult, stressful and time-sensitive.

Menicucci: Two Landowners, Two Philosophies Equal One Giant Wildfire Risk Problem

on March 28, 2018 - 10:52am
Where a beautiful cabin stood prior to the Las Conchas Fire in 2011, one of the many that burned in the area of Dave Menicucci’s ranch just south of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
By DAVE MENICUCCI
Jemez landowner and retired national lab researcher
 
“Look, I am from Nebraska and I bought this vacation place for the trees. If it burns down, I will take my insurance money and buy another place in the trees.” This is what a homeowner in La Cueva said about the dog-haired tinderbox where his well-oiled, all-wood cabin rests.
 
Next to him live full-time residents,

LAFD Team Completes Bataan Memorial Death March

on March 28, 2018 - 8:12am

Five members of Los Alamos Fire Department completed the Bataan Memorial Death March course carrying 32-lb packs March 25 at White Sands Missile Range in memory of LAFD Capt. John Snyder, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. From left, Capt. Gerard Coriz, Capt. Tim Johnson, Firefighter Brian Palmer, Firefighter Rick Acedo and Firefighter Michael Garcia. The team joined some 8,500 participants in the event. Courtesy photo

LAFD Capt. Tim Johnson adjusts his shoe laces during the March 25 Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range. Courtesy photo

LAFD Firefighter Brian Palmer, left, and

LAFD Offers Readiness Tips For Wildland Fire Season

on March 27, 2018 - 4:20pm

Courtesy/LAFD

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The high level of fire danger throughout the Western United States is drawing more and more people to become involved in the Ready, Set, Go! Program, which seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve.

Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna says the program helps people in high fire risk areas like Los Alamos to learn what fire resources are available in the event of a fire and what role they as individuals can play in preparedness and

Wildfire Day; Elks Easter Egg Hunt At Pond Saturday

on March 27, 2018 - 7:29am

Smokey Bear, Elroy the Elk, Sparky the Fire Dog and the Easter Bunny are expected to attend LAFD’s Wildfire Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

Saturday is Wildfire Day at Ashley Pond Park and among those expected to attend are Sparky the Fire Dog, Elroy the Elk, Smokey Bear and the Easter Bunny.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and promises many fun activities for all ages including an Easter egg hunt with 20,000 eggs held in partnership with the Elks Lodge.

James Thwaits New LAFD Safety Division Chief

on March 26, 2018 - 9:15am

James Thwaits has been promoted from Training Captain at the Los Alamos Fire Department to Safety Division Chief. A veteran of the Marine Corps where he worked in Wildland Fire, Thwaits joined LAFD in 2006 and climbed through the ranks from firefighter to driver/engineer to House Captain for B shift at Station 1 to Safety Captain to his new position. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Rio Arriba County Fire & Emergency Services Issues BURN BAN For March 24-25

on March 23, 2018 - 8:26pm

Rio Arriba County Emergency Services News:

Rio Arriba County Fire & Emergency Services has issued a BURN BAN for Rio Arriba County for March 24-25.

All open burning is strictly prohibited due to high winds.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Please continue to contact the Fire & Emergency Services administrative offices Monday through Friday for more information on burn permits and future restrictions.

USDA Investing Millions In Wildfire Mitigation

on March 23, 2018 - 7:30am
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $32 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems in 24 states and Puerto Rico.
 
More than $383,800 of that funding will support numerous forestry projects on the Carson National Forest in New Mexico.
 
Since 2013, USDA has invested $176 million in 56 Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership projects, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately-owned lands.
 
"Through Joint Chiefs, the Natural

Coyote Ranger District French Mesa Prescribed Burn Starting Soon To Reduce Risk Of High-Severity Wildfire

on March 23, 2018 - 7:27am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) could begin ignitions as early as April or May on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. 
 
Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres.
 
Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged from traveling the

LAFD Breaks Down Fire Danger Levels

on March 22, 2018 - 3:57pm
The public is alerted about fire danger levels through adjectives and colors based on the National Fire Danger Rating System’s criteria. Courtesy image
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

More than 100 years ago, fire managers decided it was time to develop a fire rating system to predict the potential for large fire activity. Then in the 1930s, a fire danger meter that included some of the environmental variables we have today was developed.

The National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is a system that allows land agencies to estimate today’s or tomorrow’s

Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle San Antonio

on March 16, 2018 - 9:16am
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn targeting up to 1,050 acres of meadow grassland in Valle San Antonio, located in the northwest portion of the preserve’s backcountry.
 
The burn operations are planned for late March or April, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions, and should take one to three days to complete. The area is currently under a seasonal closure, so impacts to visitors will be minimal.
 
NPS officials hope to reintroduce fire into the meadow grasslands, which would result in a low to

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