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Cedar Springs Prescribed Burn Sept. 15-Nov.16

on September 8, 2018 - 6:25am

Fire managers plan to initiate a prescribed burn in the Cedar Springs vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Sept. 15 through Nov. 16. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the Cedar Springs vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Sept. 15 through Nov. 16.

Some 1,454 acres may be treated in the area just north of the community of LLaves and north of the Dead Man

SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned For Late September

on September 7, 2018 - 9:21am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed starting as early as Sept. 23.
 
Two separate units expected to be treated within the Santa Fe Watershed total 950 acres and are approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe. One unit is 450 acres northeast of Nichols Reservoir, and the other is 500 acres just south of McClure Reservoir.

LAFD Division Chief Paul Grano Retires Today

on September 6, 2018 - 3:47pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Division Chief Paul Grano retired today after 20 years of service with the fire department. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

After 20 years of service with the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD), Division Chief Paul Grano retired today. He said he looks forward to spending more time with his family: his wife, Laurie and their 8-year-old daughter Keira. 

In May, Grano was recognized during a Los Alamos County Council meeting for receiving his Executive Fire Officer designation through the

Justice Department Announces Release Of New Fentanyl Safety Video For First Responders

on September 3, 2018 - 6:54am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance has released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders’ companion training video Fentanyl: The Real Deal.
 
The video was produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job. The video is available here.
 
Fentanyl: The Real Deal provides recommendations to law enforcement on how to navigate safely around the increased prevalence of fentanyl in the illicit drug market.

SFNF: Ignitions On Coyote Ranger District French Mesa Prescribed Burn May Start Sept. 18

on September 2, 2018 - 10:21am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) could begin ignitions as early as Sept. 18 on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Conditions, which include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts are favorable for ignitions. 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 road during

Police And Fire Chiefs Open Letter To The Community

on August 30, 2018 - 1:37pm

An Open Letter to the Community from the Los Alamos Police and Fire Chiefs:

Los Alamos County Emergency responders are very fortunate to be able to provide a robust response to events like the one involving the missing child in White Rock on Tuesday of this week. The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) and Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) are quite visible during these events, but many more less visible people and agencies contributed to this successful effort.

As Chiefs of the Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Police Department, we want to make sure our community understands who

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos Heroes

on August 29, 2018 - 8:08am

Daily Postcard: Meet the team of local heroes working together for hours Tuesday to find a little boy missing in White Rock. Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, third from left, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, ninth from right, police officers, detectives, battalion chiefs and firefighters gathered at the LAPD Mobile Command Center near Pinion Elementary School where a 10-year-old boy went missing Tuesday morning. Community members joined the search for the boy who was found safe and sound and taken home at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. He reportedly was upset about his school work.

Los Alamos Fire Department And New Mexico Resuscitation Academy In Taos Oct. 13-14

on August 21, 2018 - 3:20pm

 

LAFD News:

 

The Los Alamos Fire Department and The Maryland Resuscitation Academy (RA) are conducting two consecutive one-day Resuscitation Academies.

 

These full-day RAs are Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14 at the John Gonzales Building, 202 Chamisa Road in Taos.

 

The Maryland RA is a one-day, intensive course dedicated to improving survival rates of patients suffering pre-hospital cardiac arrest, and is suitable for EMS supervisors, medical directors, Fire/EMS chiefs, EMS personnel of all levels and hospital and emergency department staffs across the state of New Mexico and

Ag Dept. Proposes New Solutions To Protect Forests

on August 18, 2018 - 6:01am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced a new strategy for improving wildfire management across the nation’s forestlands Thursday.
 
Statement from Defenders of Wildlife’s Director of Federal Lands Pete Nelson:
 
“We are facing unprecedented challenges in wildfire management, and there are no silver bullets.

LAFD Hosts Community-Driven Strategic Planning Input Sessions At Fuller Lodge Monday

on August 14, 2018 - 7:19am

As part of a community-driven strategic planning process being implemented by the Los Alamos County Fire Department, members of the community recommended by command staff , including Don Taylor and Liz Cavasos, left, were invited to attend two sessions Monday morning at Fuller Lodge to offer their input.

Update: Penasco Fire Burns 12 Acres

on August 13, 2018 - 12:09pm
SFNF News:

The lightning sparked Penasco Fire that began Aug. 8  in the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has now consumed 12 acres of Ponderosa Pine and mixed conifer and is zero percent contained. 

Situation: The Penasco Fire is in the Rio Chama Wilderness near the 2017 Ojitos Fire burn scar and is one quarter of a mile from the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). Due to the fire’s proximity, Santa Fe National Forest officials urge the public to remain on the trail and proceed with caution if traveling along CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Scull Bridge on the Chama

Update: Sarca Fire Burns 178 Acres ... 60% Contained

on August 11, 2018 - 4:20pm
SFNF News:
 

Lightning sparked the Sarca Fire July 7  in the Agua Sarca drainage area of the Pecos Wilderness - Santa Fe National Forest. The fire has now consumed 178 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

Fuel: Ponderosa pine and other mixed conifer

 
Resources: Monitoring from the ground
 
Weather: 60 percent chance of rain tonight and 70 percent tomorrow with possible lightning.
 
Situation: Fire behavior is minimal. Firefighters were able to walk the perimeter of the fire and put check lines in place to reduce forward movement of the fire, which is in a northerly direction.

Penasco Fire Ignites In Coyote Ranger District Today

on August 8, 2018 - 7:45pm

SFNF News:

The Penasco Fire ignited today in the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest and there are approximately 5 to 10 acres burning on the ground with some single tree torching.

Start Date: Aug. 8

Cause: Unknown

Size: 5 to 10 acres

Location: Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Resources: 0

Situation: The Penasco Fire is in a remote area of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the 2017 Ojitos Fire burn scar. The fire is approximately 5 to 10 acres burning on the ground with some single tree torching.

Couple Douses Abandoned Campfire Burning In Jemez

on August 8, 2018 - 12:15pm

This morning while walking their dog up in the Jemez, a couple came across this abandoned campfire that was still burning. Using a shovel they had in the back of their truck and jugs of water, the couple extinguished the fire. “I realize there’s a lot to think about these days, but how can anyone leave a HOT campfire? If the fires in California aren’t part of one’s awareness or the lack of snow this last winter, how about the smoky skies?” Bernice Williams said. “It is pretty unbelievable!

Lightning Sparks Cerro Fire On BLM Land Sunday

on August 7, 2018 - 4:24pm

BLM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Lightning from a storm Sunday, Aug. 6, started the Cerro Fire on Bureau of Land Management lands southwest of Grants. 

The fire is now 20 acres in size and being managed by local BLM resources.

The fire is burning in piñon and juniper woodlands and ponderosa pine forest. No homes or structures are threated. Firefighters have been suppressing the northern portion of the fire adjacent to private land in order to establish an anchor point.

Update: Venado Fire Burns 4,150 Acres

on August 6, 2018 - 3:39pm
SFNF News:

The lightning sparked Venado Fire that began July 20 in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has consumed 4,150 acres of Ponderosa Pine and is now 66 percent contained.

Weather: Rain is forecasted through today, then a drying trend with above normal temperatures, until another round of predicted rain arrives later next week

 
Resources: 94 personnel
 
Situation: Resources completed containment lines on the Western Flank of the fire from Deer Creek Landing to above the Joaquin Drainage and FR 488. The entire fire perimeter is now in Mop up phase and

Update: Cochiti Mesa Fire Burns Quarter Acre

on August 2, 2018 - 7:23am
SFNF News:
 
The Cochiti Mesa Fire sparked by lightning and frst reported July 28 in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has consumed a quarter of an acre of dead and downed ponderosa pine and mixed conifer and is zero percent contained.
 
Start Date: Reported July 28
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: Quarter acre
 
Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0 percent
 
Fuel: Dead and downed ponderosa pine and mixed conifer
 
Weather: Partly cloudy, scattered showers
 
Resources: 1 engine and 1 utility responded
 

LAFD Sends Second Truck To Carr Fire In California

on August 2, 2018 - 7:06am

The Los Alamos Fire Department has sent a second truck, Brush-1, to the Carr Fire near Redding, Calif. On board are Capt. Tim Johnson, Capt. Dan DeVall and Firefighter Patrick Thoma. The crew is part of a New Mexico Task Force comprised of firefighters from Albuquerque, Corrales, Angel Fire and McKiinley County. Courtesy photo

Firefighters from Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Angel Fire, Corrales and McKiinley County prepare to leave New Mexico Wednesday morning and travel to California to assist with fire suppression. Courtesy photo

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.

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