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Ute Park Fire: Final Update ... 92 Percent Contained

on June 13, 2018 - 9:45am
EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION:
 
This is the final update to be issued on the Ute Park Fire, which is now 92 percent contained.
 
Acres: 36,740 acres (26,387 acres on Philmont Scout Ranch)
Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10 p.m.
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Jurisdiction: NM State
Fuels: Grass, Piñon Juniper, Mixed Conifer
Origin Location: Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Resources: 244 personnel, 4 crews, 2 helicopters, 8 engines and 4 water tenders
 
Management of the Ute Park Fire will transition from the Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management

Los Alamos County Council Approves Proclamation Restricting Sale And Use Of Certain Fireworks

on June 13, 2018 - 9:33am
Newly appointed Los Alamos County Council Morrie Pongratz presents a proclamation Tuesday evening to Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilors approved a proclamation Tuesday evening during their regular meeting declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks.

Under the proclamation, the sale and

Scenes From Safety Town At Mountain School

on June 13, 2018 - 9:08am

Los Alamos Police Ofc. James Keane guides a young cyclist during Tuesday morning's Safety Town activities at Mountain Elementary School. More than 100 incoming kindergarten students are participating in the program, which runs through Friday. Safety Town is designed to teach participants safety in areas ranging from what to do in case of a fire to stranger danger. Watch for more photos and news from Safety Town later in the week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Department dispatchers Seth Martinez, left, and Mario Pratti show Safety Town participants what a 911 call

LAFD Asks Council To Restrict Certain Fireworks

on June 12, 2018 - 3:05pm
Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilors are slated to vote this evening at their regular meeting on a proclamation declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the use of fireworks.

If adopted, the sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible fireworks including helicopters, aerial spinners, missile type rockets, stick type rockets, chasers and firecrackers will be prohibited starting June 12 for 30 days in accordance with state statutes and the County Code.

Ute Park Fire At 77 Percent Containment

on June 10, 2018 - 8:37am

NMDF News:

The Ute Fire has burned 36,740 acres including 26,387 acres on the Philmont Scout Ranch and is now 77 percent contained.

The fire began at 2 :10 p.m., May 31 on Highway 64 in Ute Park between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 
Jurisdiction: NM State
Fuels: Grass, Piñon Juniper, Mixed Conifer
Resources: 445 personnel, 10 crews, 7 helicopters, 12 engines, 1 dozer, and 5 water tenders

There is a Red Flag Warning noon until 8 p.m. today for expected erratic winds gusting up to 35 mph. Wind from the west will not be a concern for fire

Scenes From Project Heart Start At Fuller Lodge

on June 9, 2018 - 5:48pm

CPR mannequins lie beneath the trees at Fuller Lodge this morning during the Project Heart Start Hands-Only CPR  event. This is the fifth year the Los Alamos Fire Department has sponsored the program, which aims to teach CPR to as many New Mexicans as possible. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Community members of all ages took advantage of the free Heart Start class this morning. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Dr. Justin Hazen, medical director for the Los Alamos Fire Department and his daughter Addison watch the hands-only CPR class this morning at Fuller Lodge.

Ute Park Fire Update: At 66 Percent Containment

on June 8, 2018 - 3:51pm
EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION:
 
Acres: 36,740 acres (based on more accurate mapping)
Percent Containment: 66 percent
Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10 p.m.
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Jurisdiction: NM State
Fuels: Grass, Pinyon Juniper, Mixed Conifer
Origin Location: Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Resources: 614 personnel including 15 crews, 8 helicopters, 26 engines, 6 bulldozers, 10 water tenders
 
Hotshot crews successfully held westward movement of the fire. Crews completed fireline from Ute Park to Cimarroncito Reservoir.

LAFD Offers Free Project Heart Start Course In Hands-Only CPR At Fuller Lodge Saturday

on June 8, 2018 - 8:42am

LAFD News

Los Alamos Fire Department invites the community to participate Saturday, June 9 at Fuller Lodge in a crash course in saving a life with hands-only CPR.

This is the fifth year LAFD offers Project Heart Start to County residents. Three free sessions will be presented at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. by trainers.

Project Heart Start is a program that trains as many individuals in New Mexico as possible to save a life of someone who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, might be having a heart attack or is choking to death.

LAFD Mourns Loss Of Former Firefighter Johnny Tapia

on June 8, 2018 - 7:30am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department is sad to announce the death of Johnny Tapia who retired from LAFD in 1997 after 24 years of service.

A longtime resident of Espanola, he passed away peacefully June 1 in his home at the age of 73.

Tapia was a Vietnam Veteran and served with the U.S. Navy. He was the life of the party, making many friends throughout his years. He loved going to the casino, taking road trips, spending time with his loved ones and making jewelry.

He is survived by his wife Julie Gutierrez of Santa Clara Pueblo; his stepchildren Charmaine (Pedro), Abram, Aleena and

BLM Announces Emergency Fire Restrictions For Farmington And Taos Field Offices

on June 6, 2018 - 3:53pm
BLM News:
 
FARMINGTON, NM The Bureau of Land Management Farmington District is initiating emergency fire restrictions on public lands managed by the Farmington and Taos Field Offices in San Juan, Rio Arriba, Taos, Santa Fe, McKinley, Sandoval, Colfax, Union, Mora, Harding, Quay, and San Miguel counties, beginning Wednesday, June 6, 2018, due to high fire potential. The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
 
Prohibited Acts include:
  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in developed sites and areas.

Update On ‘375 Fire’ Near Glorieta Lookout

on June 5, 2018 - 10:10am

SFNF News:

Update as of this morning on the 375 Fire in the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, west of Forest Road 375 and 1.5 miles east of the Glorieta Lookout.

Start Date: June 4

Cause: Lightning

Size: ½ acres

Containment: 100 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa pine and grass understory

Weather: Winds calm

Situation: As of 7:58 a.m. today, all lines held overnight with a few areas smoldering. Resources on scene include 4 fire crew members with 3 crew members enroute to help complete mop up operations.

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

Lightning Sparks ‘375 Fire’ Near Glorieta Lookout

on June 4, 2018 - 5:49pm

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked a fire today in the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, west of Forest Road 375 and 1.5 miles east of the Glorieta Lookout:

  • Start Date: June 4
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Location: Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. West of Forest Road 375 and 1.5 miles east of the Glorieta Lookout.
  • Size: Half an acre
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Fuel: Ponderosa pine and grass understory
  • Weather: North, northwest winds 8-15 mph
  • Situation: The fire behavior is low to moderate. 

Resources on scene include one engine, and one helicopter.

Police And Fire Officials Investigate Lock Cutting At Entrance To Los Alamos Reservoir

on June 4, 2018 - 3:36pm

One of two locks vandalized over the weekend at the Los Alamos Reservoir entrance gate. The second lock, which was completely severed has been turned over to the Los Alamos Police Department. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland points out a Santa Fe National Forest sign, which clearly indicates that the reservoir area is closed to the public. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna places additional caution tape at the reservoir entrance to discourage people from going into the area.

LAFD Mourns Death Of Manfred ‘Fred’ Herrmann

on June 4, 2018 - 7:30am

Manfred ‘Fred’ Herrmann April 4, 1985 – May 27, 2018.

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department is sad to announce the passing of former Firefighter and US Marine Manfred “Fred” Herrmann. Manfred worked with the LAFD from 2008-2015. During his time with LAFD Manfred served on the Honor Guard, Technical Rescue and Hazmat teams. Manfred also assisted with instructing during academies.

Manfred was known for his quick wit and quicker smile. He had an air about him that made you feel like you were family. He will be forever missed and the Los Alamos Fire Department will remember him fondly.

Valles Caldera Postpones Fiesta En El Valle Until September Due To Stage III Fire Restrictions

on June 3, 2018 - 6:51pm

VCNP News:

 

JEMEZ SPRINGS — With Valles Caldera National Preserve and surrounding public land under Stage III fire restrictions, National Park Service (NPS) officials have decided to cancel the June 9 Fiesta en el Valle and reschedule the event for Saturday, Sept. 8.

 

“Public safety is paramount,” said Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. “This event was anticipated to draw in a large crowd. In the event of a wildfire, it would have been difficult to evacuate everyone safely.” 

 

Under the increased fire restrictions, the Valle Grande entrance station and bookstore remain open to

Update: Ute Park Fire Grows To 31,930 Acres ... Remains At Zero Percent Containment

on June 3, 2018 - 6:28pm

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION:

Severe thunderstorms are predicted for the Ute Park Fire and the surrounding area throughout today. Up to 1” of rain and 30 mph winds from the south are expected to impact the area. Flash flooding is expected. Precipitation may help limit fire activity in the short term, but critical fire weather conditions are expected to return. Firefighters are prepared to respond to new starts within the area as wide-spread lightning is expected today as well.

Ute Park Fire, Colfax County

Start Date and Time: May 31, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.
Start Location: Near Highway 64 in Ute Park

Ute Park Fire Update: 30,000 Acres Burned … Zero Percent Contained

on June 3, 2018 - 8:30am

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION:

Ute Park in Colfax County has been evacuated due to increased fire activity south of the community and crews are preparing for storms expected in the area today. 

Ute Park Fire, Colfax County
Start Date and Time: May 31, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.
Start Location: Near Highway 64 in Ute Park between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Latitude:  36.551389
Longitude: -105.121125
Cause of Fire: Under investigation
Area Vegetation: Grass, Pinyon Juniper and Mixed Conifer
Acres Burned: 30,000
Ownership(s): State
Structures Threatened: Yes / approximately 296
Structures Burned: 14 outbuildings

Ute Park Wildfire Update: 27,290 Acres Burned

on June 2, 2018 - 7:39pm

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION
 
New Mexico Wildfire Update for June 2:

Ute Park Fire, Colfax County

Start Date and Time: May 31, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.
Start Location: Near Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Latitude:  36.551389
Longitude: -105.121125
Cause of Fire: Under investigation
Area Vegetation: Grass, pinyon juniper and ponderosa pine
Acres: ~27,290 acres (based on infrared flight)                           
Percent Containment: 0%                                                                  
Jurisdiction: NM State                                                       

Former Kiwanians Describe Fire In Ute Park/Cimarron

on June 2, 2018 - 2:17pm
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

When I was Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Division 3 from 2008 to 2010, I visited what was then the Kiwanis Club of Cimarron many times.

I would recruit three or four other Los Alamos Kiwanians; drive to Cimarron (population 1,021) by way of Taos and Ute Park; stay at the wonderful old, historic (and “haunted”) St. James Hotel; and pay an official Kiwanis visit to the Cimarron club during its weekly breakfast session in the hotel’s meeting room.

I always enjoyed it. The club was very active.

Ute Park Wildfire Update 9 p.m. June 1

on June 1, 2018 - 10:04pm

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION
 
New Mexico Wildfire Update at 9 p.m. today:

Ute Park Fire, Colfax County

Start Date and Time: May 31, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.
Start Location: Near Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Latitude:  36.551389
Longitude: -105.121125
Cause of Fire: Under investigation
Area Vegetation: Grass and ponderosa pine
Acres Burned: 16,354
Ownership(s):  State
Structures Threatened:  Yes / approximately 296
Structures Burned:  14 outbuildings
Evacuations (Y or N & #): Y / Cimarron - mandatory evacuations / Ute Park - advisory evacuations
Containment: 0%
Closures:  Highway 64

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce FEMA Fire Management Assistance Grant For Ute Park Fire

on June 1, 2018 - 10:03pm

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration for the Ute Park Fire burning in Colfax County.

The Fire Management Assistance Grant Program allows for the “mitigation, management, and control” of fires burning on publicly or privately-owned forest or grasslands which threaten such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.

"We all share a deep appreciation for the local and

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/ladailypost.com
 
 
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

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